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Mircea Eliade - Eskimo rebirth experiences

Identifier

011496

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

A description of the experience

Mircea Eliade – Shamanism Archaic techniques of ecstasy

According to the traditions of the Altaian shamans, the spirits of their ancestors eat their flesh, drink their blood, open their bellies and so on.  The Kazak Kirgiz baqca says ‘I have five spirits in heaven who cut me with forty knives, prick me with forty nails and so forth.'

The ecstatic experience of dismemberment of the body followed by a renewal of the organs is also known to the Eskimo.  They speak of an animal (bear, walrus etc) that wounds the candidate tears him to pieces or devours him; then new flesh grows around his bones.  Sometimes the animal that tortures him becomes the future shaman’s helping spirit

The source of the experience

Inuit

Concepts, symbols and science items

Concepts

Spirit helper

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Commonsteps

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