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posted on Jan, 15 2003 @ 08:05 PM
Shamanism is a word borrowed from the Siberian Tungus tribe, one of the first shamanic cultures to be studied. The office of Shaman is a unique one, and is present in the history of every hunter/gatherer culture around the world. In tribal culture, the Shaman is the link between the people and the worlds of the spirit, employing ecstatic trance states to travel to other dimensions. The Shaman is the priest, healer, magician, diviner, and the mediator between the living and the ancestors.

The state of ecstatic trance is central to shamanic practice, and is achieved through various methods (and combinations of methods), including self-hypnosis, hallucinogens, and repetitive drumming. Many of the major themes of religions- ascension to heaven, descent into the underworld, etc., are believed by anthropologists to have originated in shamanic practices.

One becomes a Shaman generally by heredity or selection, and through rigorous and sometimes difficult (even dangerous) training and initiation. Beware of dubious claims of anyone offering high riced 'workshops' in idealized Native Shamanism- most shamanic traditions are practiced in secrecy and are not available to outsiders or curiosity seekers. It is highly unlikely that a true initiate will go on the workshop circuit, and many tribal leaders consider these to be exploitative and offensive.


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posted on Jan, 16 2003 @ 05:11 AM
It's a shame Shamanism is gone! It would do good for today's mankind. Perhaps we would finally realise that money is useless when this planet is ruined

Don't forget that since the beginning of time we only had three things to do:

Appareantly the doped part has changed into getting Rich/Powerfull

[Edited on 16-1-2003 by B]

posted on Jan, 16 2003 @ 06:03 AM

You've got my same point of view B, nice to have a new member who thinks on his own.

Those men were great, they had much more nolige about how to use the earth than we had.

[Edited on 16-1-2003 by alienaddicted]

posted on Jan, 16 2003 @ 11:44 AM
They are very far from gone but as the post mentioned if someone tries to charge money for such services. Its a perfectly reasonable time to excuse yourself and head in the other direction.

posted on Jan, 19 2003 @ 12:40 PM
a shamanic healer that uses magic wands...


posted on Jan, 19 2003 @ 08:25 PM
In relation to Bells theorem a sound displaces molecules from a direction they would have otherwise taken. As does any type of movement (or for that matter a thought).

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