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North Borneo shaman

Identifier

002396

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

The process is not described but it is likely that inherited genes played a part in choosing the candidates

 

A description of the experience

H Ling Roth – The Natives of Sarawak and British North Borneo

 And there, as they assert, they cut his head open, take out his brains wash and restore them, to give him a clear mind to penetrate into the mysteries of evil spirits, and the intricacies of disease; they insert gold dust into his eyes to give him keenness and strength of sight powerful enough to see the soul wherever it may have wandered; they plant barbed hooks on the tips of his fingers to enable him to seize the soul and hold it fast; and lastly they pierce his heart with an arrow to make him tender hearted and full of sympathy with the sick and suffering

The source of the experience

Shaman unspecified

Concepts, symbols and science items

Concepts

Symbols

Dismemberment

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Suppressions

Inherited genes

Commonsteps

References