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Kahuna - Calling the sharks in Samoa

Identifier

003090

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

A description of the experience

Max Freedom Long – The Secret Science behind miracles [1948]

In the Geographic News Bulletin, issue of December 10, 1934, (National Geographic Society) Mr. George H. Hutchinson gave an eye witness account of the ritual of "Calling the Shark and the Turtle" at the village of Vai Togi, Samoa.

The native children and adults gathered for the ceremony, then the children were sent alone to a point of land jutting over the sea. There they recited an old legend telling how a prince and princess had been changed to a shark and turtle respectively. As they chanted they beckoned. In about five minutes a small shark four or five feet long appeared in the clear water beyond the breaking waves, swam around in plain sight for about a minute, and then departed. Soon a turtle appeared in a like manner, remained for a short time, and swam back to deep water.

The source of the experience

Kahuna

Concepts, symbols and science items

Concepts

Summoning

Symbols

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Suppressions

Being a child
Singing spells

Commonsteps

References