David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Anthropology of Consciousness 19 (1):33-59 (2008)
The main aim of shamanic initiation among the Yanomami people of the Upper Orinoco River region in Venezuela is the metamorphosis of the human body into a cosmic body, or what I term "corporeal cosmogenesis." During the initiatory ordeal, the neophyte undergoes an intense experience of death through dismemberment by the spirits and subsequent rebirth, thus overcoming the human condition and becoming an individual living spirit. But, at the same time, he becomes a "collection" of other spirits who leave their natural habitats—located on the mountaintops and in the forest—and move into the initiate's body, which becomes their abode. As the candidate surrenders his soul and humanness to the spirits, the latter become his personal allies and sources of power while imbuing the shaman's postmortem ego with certain properties that can best be described in holographic terms. After the shaman's biological death, his personal spirits become disembodied again and disperse back into the forest and on the mountaintops. When the shaman dies, his soul multiplies, as each of the disembodied spirits becomes a carrier of the shaman's soul image. In this way, through initiations, the shaman becomes a part of a dynamic cosmic circuity, as his hekura can be called upon to invade the bodies of new shamans, and start a cosmogonic initiatory act anew.
|Keywords||holography shamanism cosmology consciousness initiation|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Francois Blanc (2010). Trance and Shamanic Cure on the South American Continent: Psychopharmacological and Neurobiological Interpretations. Anthropology of Consciousness 21 (1):83-105.
Kevin J. Corcoran (2001). Physical Persons and Postmortem Survival Without Temporal Gaps. In Soul, Body, and Survival. Ithaca: Cornell University Press
Shelly Kagan (2012). Death. Yale University Press.
James McClenon (1993). The Experiential Foundations of Shamanic Healing. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 18 (2):107-127.
Kurt Cline (2010). The Shaman's Song and Divination in the Epic Tradition. Anthropology of Consciousness 21 (2):163-187.
László Koppány Csáji (2011). Flying with the Vanishing Fairies: Typology of the Shamanistic Traditions of the Hunza. Anthropology of Consciousness 22 (2):159-187.
Allan Combs, Tony Arcari & Stanley Krippner (2006). All of the Myriad Worlds: Life in the Akashic Plenum. World Futures 62 (1 & 2):75 – 85.
Stephen E. Braude (2005). Personal Identity and Postmortem Survival. Social Philosophy and Policy 22 (2):226-249.
H. Sidky (2009). A Shaman's Cure: The Relationship Between Altered States of Consciousness and Shamanic Healing. Anthropology of Consciousness 20 (2):171-197.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads75 ( #53,210 of 1,789,932 )
Recent downloads (6 months)3 ( #263,819 of 1,789,932 )
How can I increase my downloads?