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Mircea Eliade - Taulipang and the Yecuana



Type of Spiritual Experience


A description of the experience

Mircea Eliade – Shamanism Archaic techniques of ecstasy

The trance sometimes ends in the shaman’s ‘possession’ by his familiar spirits (for example among the Taulipang and the Yecuana).  But we have already seen that, for the shaman ‘possession’ often consists in entering into possession of all his ‘mystical organs’, which in some sort constitute his true and complete spiritual personality. 

In most cases ‘possession’ merely puts the shaman’s own helping spirits at his disposal, realising their effective presence, manifested through all perceptible means; and this presence, invoked by the shaman, ends not in trance but in a dialogue between the shaman and his helping spirits

The source of the experience

South American shamanism

Concepts, symbols and science items


Science Items

Activities and commonsteps