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David Lewis-Williams - Native American Indians - Isaac Tens

Identifier

001391

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

It may have been a vision, but the sensations are possibly caused by synaesthesia

 

A description of the experience

The Mind in the Cave – David Lewis-Williams

In the 1920s Isaac tens, a Gitksan Native American shaman spoke of frequently falling spontaneously into a trance ………. Recounting one of these experiences, he said ‘The bee-hive’s spirit stings my body … In my vision, I went round a strange land which cannot be described.  There I saw huge bee-hives, out of which the bees darted and stung me all over my body….. The sharpness of his somatic hallucination … produced a complex multi-sensory hallucination

The source of the experience

Native American Indians

Concepts, symbols and science items

Symbols

Bee
Beehive

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Suppressions

Inherited genes

Commonsteps

References