Mircea Eliade - Crystals as the means of making a shaman
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Mircea Eliade – Shamanism Archaic techniques of ecstasy
It should be noted at this point that parallels for the belief that spirits and initiators introduce rock crystals into the candidates body are to be found elsewhere – among the Semang of the Malay Peninsula, for example. But it is one of the most striking characteristics of South American shamanism………..
Elsewhere the rock crystals symbolise the shaman’s helping spirits. In general, for the shamans of tropical South America magical power is concretised in an invisible substance that the masters transfer to the novices, sometimes from mouth to mouth.
Between the magical substance, an invisible but tangible mass, and the arrows, thorns, rock crystals with which the shaman is stuffed, there is no difference in nature. These objects materialise the shaman’s power, which, among numerous tribes is conceived in the vaguer and rather abstract form of a magical substance