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The Dances of Manchu Shamans – Institute of Ethnic Literature 2003-2009

Identifier

021561

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

A description of the experience

The Dances of Manchu Shamans – Institute of Ethnic Literature 2003-2009

The shaman puts on his magic costume ... decorated with three birds, from which a dozen or more red or green colored ribbons hang... The shaman begins his invocatory dance. Carrying two drums ... the shaman begins the invocation. The shaman beats the drums whilst dancing and shortly  thereafter, the shaman achieves an altered state of consciousness.

At this point the god of hawks is manifest ... The shaman extends his arms outwards and flaps them. Occasionally, the shaman turns around with arms wide open, as the hawk god circles in the sky. By now the shaman has identified himself completely with the deity invoked and the hawk deity is completely present. The shaman as hawk god, steps up onto two tall tables, and still flapping his arms, prepares to fly."

The source of the experience

Shaman unspecified

Concepts, symbols and science items

Concepts

Possession

Symbols

Bird
Falcon

Science Items

Levitation

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Overloads

Frenetic exercise

Suppressions

Dancing
Listening to beating sounds

Commonsteps

References