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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)

Friday, March 4, 2011


Jero Ayu greeting a guest. Only ceremonial clothes are allowed.

 The Balinese-Chinese shrine flanked by Kuan Yin images 

 A Balinese Hindu priest and his wife wait in line with others to receive a blessing from Ayu.
 One of Ayu's followers stands and starts to dance during a meditation session

 Some observers waiting for their turn

 My Guide and wood master, Wak, who is also one of Ayu's followers 
 A meal for all visitors prepared by friends and family members

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