This is an ongoing US and global project to help enthusiasts, scholars, practitioners, and curious parties learn more about shamanic living in a contemporary culture. The space here is devoted to sharing info, experiences and opinions about all forms of shamanic expression covering shamanism's multiple permutations. Among subjects explored are traditions, techniques, insights, definitions, events, artists, authors, and creativity. You are invited to draw from your own experiences and contribute.

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)

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The Horse Boy Trailer

Allowing the Light sent this film trailer around to some of us and I was blown away by the story. I have yet to see the film, but just from the promo it seems to explore one case illustrating what Jeremy Narby might call a "Blind Spot" for science. In other words, the nature of our intellectual training in the West when it comes to understanding how "primitive" cultures deal with certain "mental illnesses" creates an inherent contradiction. How can a rational analysis explain Rowan's nonrational case?

Narby is author of "the Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge." More on this book later.

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