A P Elkin - Aboriginal men of high degree - Yaralde initiation
Type of Spiritual Experience
The following describes the experience to be expected by a Yaralde postulant
A description of the experience
Aboriginal Men of High degree - A P Elkin
When you lie down to see the prescribed visions, and you do see them, do not be frightened, because they will be horrible. They are hard to describe, though they are in my mind and my miwi, and though I could project the experience into you after you had been well trained.
However, some of them are evil spirits, some are like snakes, some are like horses with men’s heads, and some are spirits of evil men which resemble burning fires. You see your camp burning and the flood waters rising, and thunder, lightning, and rain, the earth rocking, the hills moving, the waters whirling, and the trees which still stand, swaying about.
Do not be frightened. If you get up, you will not see these scenes, but when you lie down again, you will see them, unless you get too frightened. If you do, you will break the web [or thread] on which the scenes are hung.
You may see dead Persons walking toward you, and you will hear their bones rattle. If you hear and see these things without fear, you will never be frightened of anything. These dead people will not show themselves to you again because your miwi [psychic force] is now strong. You are now powerful because you have seen these dead people.
The source of the experienceAustralian aboriginal
Concepts, symbols and science items
Activities and commonsteps
Overwhelming fear and terror
SuppressionsEnacting ritual and ceremony