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David Lewis-Williams - Water diving

Identifier

019763

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

A description of the experience

The Mind in the Cave – David Lewis-Williams

Drowning and passing underwater are themes that crop up in many North American shaman’s narratives.  In the art, the experience is referred to by images of aquatic helpers.  They include water-striders, frogs, toads, turtles, beavers and swordfish.  Turtles were sometimes thought of as doors to the spirit world.  We have seen that in Southern Africa, depictions of fish and eels often suggest subaquatic locations

The source of the experience

Native American Indians

Concepts, symbols and science items

Concepts

Spirit helper

Symbols

Door

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Overloads

Activity not known

Commonsteps

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