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Mircea Eliade - Baiame's crystals

Identifier

006513

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

A description of the experience

Mircea Eliade – Shamanism Archaic techniques of ecstasy

The rock crystals that play an important part in the initiation of the Australian medicine man are of celestial origin, or at least related – even if only sometimes indirectly – to the sky.  Baiame sits on a throne of transparent crystal.  And among the Euahlayi it is Baiame himself who throws the fragments of crystal, doubtless detached from his throne, down to earth.  Baiame’s throne is the celestial vault.  The crystals detached from his throne are ‘solidified light’

 References

  • A W Howitt The Native Tribes
  • K L Parker – The Euahlayi Tribe
  • M Eliade – Significations de la lumiere interieure

The source of the experience

Australian aboriginal

Concepts, symbols and science items

Concepts

Light

Symbols

Crystal

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Overloads

Using crystals and crystal balls

Commonsteps

References