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both photos from Carpe Diem post# 385

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English Dictionary defines shaman  meaning as “a priest or witch-doctor [sic] 

of (a) class claiming to have sole contact with gods etc.” 

It says the word comes from the Russian “shaman” and is a translation 

of the Tungusion word “saman.” In Siberia and Mongolia, 

shamanism was known as Tengerism, meaning a reverence for sky spirits. 

It reflected an animistic belief system where everything in the natural world

 was alive, permeated by spirit force or, in simple terms, inhabited by spirits.

 

In this lesson we are taught about the world of the shaman, the spirits,

reason for the rituals, the yurt, shaman’s beliefs and more.

Shamans can also fly through the air when they spirit travel, either by shape

shifting into the form of birds (such as geese) or by riding on the back of 

a flying deer, horse or some other large animal

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starry night guides

eagles on winged prayers

drums beat ~ moon beams lead

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