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Mircea Eliade - Qilaneq

Identifier

011517

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

Just like kinesiology

A description of the experience

Mircea Eliade – Shamanism Archaic techniques of ecstasy

Besides the shamans, any Eskimo can consult the spirits, by the method called qilaneq.  The patient is seated on the ground and his head held up by a belt.  The spirits are invoked; when the head becomes heavy, it is the sign that they have come.  They are then asked questions.  If the head becomes still heavier, the answer is in the affirmative; if on the contrary, it seems light, the answer is negative.  Women frequently employ this easy method of divination by the spirits.

The shaman sometimes practises it, using his own foot.

The source of the experience

Inuit

Concepts, symbols and science items

Symbols

Big foot

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Commonsteps

Kinesiology

References