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Mircea Eliade - And the Manacica people

Identifier

010950

Type of spiritual experience

A description of the experience

Mircea Eliade – Shamanism Archaic techniques of ecstasy

Among the Manacica the shaman leads the soul of the deceased to the sky as soon as the funeral ceremonies are completed.  The road is extremely long and difficult; travellers on it go through a virgin forest, climb a mountain, cross seas, streams and swamps, until they come to the shore of a great river, which they must cross by a bridge guarded by a divinity.  Without the shaman’s help, the soul could never make the journey

Source Theodor Koch – Zum Animismus der sudamerikanischen Indianer

The source of the experience

South American shamanism

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