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Mircea Eliade - A initiation ceremony



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Mircea Eliade – Shamaism:  Archaic techniques of Ecstasy

Then the husband of the Lady of the Water who was the Lord of the Underworld, gave the initiate his two guides, an ermine and a mouse to lead him to the underworld.  There he encountered the Men of the Great Sickness (syphilis), the Lord of Madness, the Lords of all the nervous disorders and evil shamans.  Thus he learned of the diseases he would later cure.  Still accompanied by his guides, he came to the Land of the Shamanesses, who strengthened his throat and voice.  He was then carried to an island in the middle of the Nine Seas where a young birch tree rose to the sky; it was the Tree of the Lord ….

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