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What is a SHAMAN?

MAYAN: "a technichian of the Holy, a lover of the Sacred." CELTIC: "Empower the people...by changing the way we think." MEXICAN APACHE: "Someone who has simply learned to give freely of themselves..." AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINAL: "...a teacher or healer, a wisdom keeper of knowledge... (who) takes people to a door and encourages them to enter." W. AFRICAN DIAGRA: "views every event in life within a spiritual context." HAWAIIAN: "...human bridges to the spiritual world and its laws and the material world and its trials..." QUECHUA INDIAN: "embodies all experience." AMAZON: "...willing to engage the forces of the Universe...in a beneficial end for self, people, and for life in general."

-- from Travelers, Magicians and Shamans (Danny Paradise)

Monday, May 26, 2008

"The Woman In The Shaman's Body"

I was researching something and stumbled upon this  book called "The Woman In The Shaman's Body: Reclaiming The Feminine In Religion And Medicine." by Barbara Tedlock Phd.

Archeologist's had found during an excavation a particular burial-where a spearhead had been placed near the head of the deceased and the body of a fox was placed in the hand.  The body had been painted red over sixty thousand years ago.  There was no doubt due to the clues the body was of a shaman, but the skeletal analysis revealed it was a woman. It is interesting to note that the oldest skeletal remains of a shaman belong to a woman.

I do not have this book but I am interested in it  being a woman myself to see the shaman through the feminine. To learn about the moon cycle, and midwifery.

1 comment:

Walks In Two Worlds said...

I have this book, it is great. Wonderful resource for his--scratch that, herstory. Love, Robin