Enter at your own peril, the labyrinth. . .or definitive theorizing on its origins. Lorimer has bravely encountered the demons and pushed backwards in time with a hypothesis that is provocative, intentionally labyrinthian in structure, and supported with a wide range of details from a variety of academic fields of interest to consciousness researchers...Always in the background is the question: what urge drew early humans into dark, dangerous, barely accessible deep caves to make art?...Lorimer’s book is filled with odd and valuable indigenous nuggets that will stimulate readers in different ways. A lengthy section on myth, ritual and symbol in the Oglala Sioux whirlwind complex, for example, leaves me wondering deeply about White Buffalo Calf Woman and horned goddesses. Her brave new insight is not intended to be the latest-of-the-latest on specifics of any of the disciplines but rather a risky synthesis that breathes life into consciousness studies.

Powell’s Books, Portland, OR Staff Recommendation:

Dancing at the Edge of Death, Jodi Lorimer (Portland Author)
...stunning book, rich, engaging, informative

Bethe Hagens, Ph.D.
School of Public Policy and Administration
Walden University,;Kennebunkport, ME

As an archaeologist, I am interested not simply in the past, but also in the paths that the human career has followed, since deepest antiquity, leading us to our current place today. Though it is easy to overlook, our ultimate forebears were all “cave-men,” as they are popularly labeled. And with that appellation, it is easy to envisage them as brutish, crude and (politely-stated) unsophisticated. How can we find common-ground with this heritage when, superficially at least, our most ancient ancestry seems so foreign to our contemporary modernized, mechanized, and digitized world? In Dancing at the Edge of Death, Jodi Lorimer takes us down one track to resolve this apparent paradox. Focusing on the labyrinth not as a physical construction, but as a compelling and intriguing symbol, she shows how this concept has been used, as a central cultural focus, since shamanism first emerged, over 30,000 years ago, as humankind’s first religion. The result is an engaging and thoughtful look at evidence for the emergence of the human mind and the underlying intellectual commonalities that all humans—regardless of time, place or race—share. 

David S. Whitley
author of Cave Paintings and the Human Spirit: The Origin of Creativity and Belief

I enjoyed following you down various pathways and around expected and unexpected turns as I read your book. The search for Center is so compelling and yet as you so clearly showed, so fraught...Thank you for putting your thoughts down so that we all can share in greater understanding as we dance at the edges of death. It's no small thing.

Rev. Jill Kimberly Hartwell Geffrion, PhD
Author of seven books focused on labyrinth praying
Founder of Faith, Hope and Love Ministries

"Well researched and written for anyone to understand and enjoy.  
You are drawn into the abyss where the ancient cave paintings come alive at every turn!"

Valerie Zagar 

We had a fascinating presentation yesterday by Jodi Lorimer on Paleolithic cave paintings (with wonderful photos) and the possible connection between this cave art and the universal interest in labyrinths, both mythic and modern.  I think that we would all agree that this was a truly memorable event for our group.   

Jan Cassetta
The Classic Symposium 

Mazes, dungeons, the labyrinth has its origins in many cultures. "Dancing at the Edge of Death: The Origins of the Labyrinth in the Paleolithic" discusses the concept of the labyrinth and what it means to the human mind. The journey through the maze has been a tale of coming of age, a tale of an arduous task, a tale of punishment, or simply a tale of great adventure. Jodi Lorimer presents a fascinating discussion, which makes "Dancing at the Edge of Death" a fine addition to any philosophical, historical, or metaphysical library collections. 

mazeMidwest Book Review, February 2010: 

I have been slowly reading your book and marveling at its depth and fluidity....really an important addition to anyone’s labyrinth library. I hope you have persuaded Veriditas to stock it. 

Christiana Brinton,
Turning Tide Energetics 

Congratulations on your book! I read it on a few airplane flights and think it is terrific. It covers much more ground than I had suspected and did it well. And the case you make is quite convincing.

Stanley Krippner
Professor of Psychology at Saybrook Graduate School, San Francisco

My, was I swept away by your book! I almost sent you daily updates!! As the season settles a bit, I'll want to share more. Others are definitely expressing interest--mainly shaman friends who share an interest in labyrinths.

Dale Sparlin 

This book is a wonderful experience for stretching your thinking and a very enjoyable read. You’ll find Jodi’s premise for the book and the resulting theory a very readable foray into the world of labyrinth history and paleontology.

Sandra Walden
Owner, Real Energy Solutions 

I am almost done reading your book. To say your book is thought provoking is like saying the Taj Mahal is a nice building.

Richard Poudrier

It was a great pleasure as usual to meet with you today.  So excited about your wonderful book, thanks for taking the 15 years to write it for uswrestle.

Carolyn Winkler – Creative Spirit Guide 

Your workshop turned out to be one of the most popular events of the gathering.  The audience was like a who's who of labyrinths.  Congratulations!  On Facebook, someone mentioned your workshop as one of the highlights of the gathering.  Well done.

Kay Kinneavy
Labyrinth Network Northwest

I’m loving Jodi’s book…Really takes my mind and soul for a ride!

Kim Stafford
Poet, teacher, winner of the 1986 Western States Book Award for “Having Everything Right” 

Jodi,  with every sentence of the book I want to send my utter amazement to you, as my little brain is seized with challenge it has almost forgotten how to feel, and I can't wait for the next sentence for more intellectual and aesthetic feasting on a subject with which I've long wanted to wrestle with the rigor you have been mustering for all this time under our very noses!  Congratulations, and I've barely started, so off to our caves I now go. 

Jan De Weese, musician, teacher  

You are a wonderful and thoughtful author. Over the years I've attempted to correspond with a number of technical authors (my field is Architecture, construction, and Construction Management) but have never had as much as a note from any of them on the various subjects I've forwarded them.You are so kind and thoughtful. 

I will ask Carol, my wife, to send a note to you so you can enclose it with a copy of the book to our friends in Colorado. I will order a copy of the book from your website; it's more personal than Amazon. 

Keep up the good work! 

John and Carol McCauley