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About the Photo...
This section has texts about Shamanism and Animism.
These are traditional belief systems which consider the entire
universe to be alive and interconnected.
Shamanism in practice is used to heal and enlighten, using ceremonials
which can include rhythmic music, mind altering drugs and mythic journeys into
There are also numerous descriptions of Shamanism and related topics in
the Native American,
the Traditional Asian,
and African sections.
Sacred Formulas of the Cherokee
by James Mooney 
Fetichism in West Africa
by Rev. Robert Hamill Nassau 
Shamanism in Siberia
from Aboriginal Siberia,
by M. A. Czaplicka. 
A comprehensive review of the ethographic literature concerning Shamanism in Sibera.
Shaman, Saiva and Sufi
by R.O. Winstedt. 
An ethographic account of spiritual practices in Malaysia at the start of the 20th century, which included Shamanism, Animism, Hindu and Islamic influences.
A Journey in Southern Siberia
by Jeremiah Curtin 
The mythology and folklore of the Buriat Mongols of Siberia.
by G.W. Gilmore 
Animism is the concept that the entire universe is alive; this belief is central to Shamanistic spirituality.
by Basil Hall Chamberlain 
A collection of folktales of the Ainu, a shamanistic ethnic minority of Japan.
About the photo:
Ainu Bear-Festival. The matting wall is hung with
various implements and fetishes used at the festival.
The men are eating the flesh of the slain bear.
They are supposed to be the guests of the bear.
an episode from the Kalevala for a curious episode with a bear
who gets invited to a feast....Perhaps the book titled
'To Serve Bear' should have been a giveaway.
(photo from Czaplicka)