Mircea Eliade - Native American Indians - Soul retrieval
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Mircea Eliade – Shamanism Archaic techniques of ecstasy
Summoned to a sick bed, the North American shaman first turns his attention to discovering the cause of the illness.
Two principal kinds of diseases are distinguished; those due to the introduction of a pathogenic object, and those resulting from ‘soul loss’. The treatment in the two cases is essentially different. In the first the effort is directed to expelling the cause of the trouble, in the second to finding and restoring the patient’s fugitive soul…….
The flight of the patient’s soul may be due to many causes; dreams that frighten it away; dead persons who are reluctant to set out for the land of the shades and prowl around the camp looking for another soul to take with them. Or finally, the patient’s soul strays far from his body itself………..
The soul leaves the body during sleep and [it is believed] one may kill a person by waking him suddenly. A shaman must never be startled awake.
The source of the experienceNative American Indians
Concepts, symbols and science items
ConceptsOut of body - willing a location
Out of body manoevering
Out of body separation methods