Witch doctors, psychics, mediums, spiritualists are but just a few of the many names associated
In simple terms, the Shaman is a person called upon to serve as a herald for the realm of the
dead, but a Shaman is much more. A Shaman is someone who has explored, and gained a great
physical and mental ailments.
are usually accompanied by a guild spirit. This spiritual guild commonly informs the ill person
Shaman, and his suffering diminishes. With the guidance of an elder Shaman, or sometimes just
their spirit guild, the new shaman is initiated into their new existence. It is a existence between
this earthy realm, and that of the dead.
434). This death is a way of cleansing the Shaman?s psyche, and allowing the id to take over.
According to the Webster?s definition, the id is the part of the psyche that is regarded as the
reservoir for instinctual drives, the source of psychic energy, and irrational wishing (Webster?s
psychic energy. This death is also significant because with this death of the ego all the societal
norms that inhibit the powers of the Shaman are gone as well. The Shaman does dwell on the
fringes of society because society tends to diminish a shaman?s connection to the life force
which is so vital to their power.
To be a Shaman requires an awareness of nature that is rarely found in our modern
natural world; avoiding the more ?civilized? aspect of society. To be disconnected from nature,
is to be disconnected from their source of power. Modern civilizations have moved away from
today is that we are so seized by our daily routines that we have lost touch with the simple joys
of living on this planet. Instead of sitting outside, and enjoying nature most people in the United
Modern science and technology has an objective; which is to improve, and ultimately
defeat nature. Nature is viewed as the enemy. This is where the contradiction between civilized
society, and the Shaman resides. Modern society fears death, and tries to defy it with the help of
medical technology. Modern science has created an artificial world which relies little on nature,
and more on materialistic vices. In the eyes of a Shaman, modern societies are sick with false
harmony. A Shaman turns away from materialism for it seems trite, and inappropriate to them
(Kalweit 242). A Shaman is knows death, and is comfortable with it. They would be horrified to
think it would seem most cruel to a Shaman. Other interesting contradiction is modern society?s
fixation on time. Here in the United States we all follow schedules based on time of day, and
that the Shaman?s world, and that of modern society have very little in common.
Although a Shaman could not flourish in modern societies like the United States, there
would be lost spirits that could use some guidance. I believe there are many people living in the
United States that have a growing feeling of emptiness. With all the modern conveniences, they
still are unhappy, even depressed. I think a Shaman could help some of these people. A Shaman
could prescribe the simple, but necessary medicine to heal their sick souls. These people need to
feel the connection with nature, and all things. To feel apart of something that they had lost, and
to take their place in this unity of life.
In the United States today, life can be so overwhelming, and chaotic. In order to survive
in this modern society, we must conform to it?s standards. These standards restrict, and deprive
have a collection of material possessions. They exist solely in an external world disconnected
from a Shaman?s reality, and the unity of all things.
take a very important role in the Shaman?s journeys. Here in the United States, I can?t drive
because of modern development, and soon they will be driven out of existence just like the
Shaman appears to be. After all animals are needed to maintain a balance within the life force.
They are apart of us all, and would most likely affect our human psyche in a very negative way if
they were to ceased to exist.
The Shaman seems to be a relic of past times in most modern societies today.
Representing the primitive past from which modern science, and technology has saved us from.
Has it really saved us? I think that science, and technology will most likely be the down fall of
humanity. I think we?re all fools if we look at the Shaman, and see just a relic of the past. I look
It would be very beneficial for most everyone to experience a little of the Shaman?s world, and
to be exposed to a sense of belonging in the life force of nature. Maybe then we could
experience true harmony.