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Reichel-Dolmatoff – Amazonian Cosmos - The cock-of-the-rock

Identifier

011618

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

A description of the experience

Gerardo Reichel-Dolmatoff – Amazonian Cosmos

The cracks, caverns, and tunnels are the entrances to the interior of the hills, to the great malocas of the animals. There, within their dark interior, the gigantic prototypes of each species exist, and thousands of animals are kept-deer, tapirs, peccaries, monkeys, rodents, and many more, in a great community similar to that of human beings.

At the foot of the hills, right in the forest, lie open clearings where the inhabitants of the hill sometimes gather to amuse themselves by feasting and dancing.

The deer are the ones in charge of keeping these "playgrounds" clean. At times, after a dance of the animals, a straying hunter can see there the tracks of the crowd and may even find some ornament or perhaps a flute that had been forgotten or lost by the participants in the dance.

The hills and their playing grounds have their special guardian: the cock-of-the-rock (Ehtateono; Rupicola sp.) that lives in the dark crevices and with its screeching voice warns of danger. When the cock-of-the-rock is seen, people know that soon there will be a dance.

The source of the experience

South American shamanism

Concepts, symbols and science items

Concepts

Spirit being

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Commonsteps

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