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Mircea Eliade – The Turkic Rainbow bridge

Identifier

002919

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

A description of the experience

Mircea Eliade – Shamanism Archaic techniques of ecstasy

Shamanic drums are decorated with drawings of the rainbow represented as a bridge to the sky.  Indeed in the Turkic languages the word for rainbow also means bridge.  Among the Yuruk Samoyed the shamanic drum is called ‘bow’; the shaman’s magic projects him to the sky like an arrow.  Furthermore, there are reasons to believe that the Turks and the Uigur regarded the drum as a celestial bridge over which the shaman made his ascent.  This idea forms part of the complex symbolism of the drum and the bridge, each of which represents a different formula for the same ecstatic experience; celestial ascent.  It is through the musical magic of the drum that the shaman can reach the highest level.

The source of the experience

Siberian shamanism

Concepts, symbols and science items

Concepts

Bridge

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Suppressions

Listening to beating sounds

Commonsteps

References