Wednesday, November 4, 2009
What is a shaman?
A spiritual connection between man and nature. A bond spiritually with spirits that can hold an amazing power, a man considered to be in between men and the forces of nature. They were healers, curing sickness caused by evil spirits. They provided hunters with locations and also called animals to the hunters, also known for controlling weather, bringing success in war, and fortelling the future (Langdon, 2008). Known as medicine men, these people were translators between spirits and animals. Some being able to communicate between spirits that took animal form, or being able to enter supernatural realms to obtain answers to problems in the community. In the picture is a shaman curing a sick woman, notice his wand along with his head piece and the rest of his belongings, each serving its own unique purpose.