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Mircea Eliade on Sufi flight

Identifier

007105

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

A description of the experience

 

Mircea Eliade – Shamanism Archaic techniques of ecstasy

Professor Kopruluzade cites the legend that Ahmed Yesevi and some of his dervishes could change into birds and so have power to fly. Similar legends were current concerning the Bektashite saints….. it is possible that these details are in fact due to influences from Turko-Mongol shamanism, as the learned Turkologist affirms. But ability to turn into a bird, is the common property of all kinds of shamanisms, not only the Turko-Mongol but also the Arctic, American, Indian and Oceanian.

The source of the experience

Sufism

Concepts, symbols and science items

Symbols

Bird

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Overloads

Activity not known

Commonsteps

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