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Mircea Eliade - Bird as symbol of the spiritual person

Identifier

007037

Type of spiritual experience

Background

He is describing out of body experiences as such I have included it as an experience

A description of the experience

Mircea Eliade – Shamanism Archaic techniques of ecstasy

By flying into the air, in bird form or in their normal human shape, shamans as it were proclaim the degeneration of humanity.  For as we have seen, a number of myths refer to a primordial time when all human beings could ascend to heaven, by climbing a mountain, a tree or a ladder, or flying by their own power, or being carried by birds.  The degeneration of humanity henceforth forbids the mass of mankind to fly to heaven; only death restores men – and not all of them – to their primordial condition; only then can they ascend to heaven, fly like birds….

The source of the experience

Shaman unspecified

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