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Machi (Mapuche Shaman) playing the Kultrún (Sacred Drum), Chile

Machi (Mapuche Shaman) playing the Kultrún (Sacred Drum), Chile

The shaman knows the drama of the human soul, its instability, its precariousness ... the forces that threaten it and the regions to which it can be carried away. If shamanic cure involves ecstasy, it is because illness is regarded as *a corruption or alienation of the soul.* ~Mircea Eliade

The shaman knows the drama of the human soul, its instability, its precariousness ... the forces that threaten it and the regions to which it can be carried away. If shamanic cure involves ecstasy, it is because illness is regarded as *a corruption or alienation of the soul.* ~Mircea Eliade

Siberian shaman, 1800s. He's standing next to an ongon, or 'spirit house' covered with ornaments.

Siberian shaman, 1800s. He's standing next to an ongon, or 'spirit house' covered with ornaments.

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