Cave painting at Lascaux, France, circa 15.000-10,000 BC. The shaman sends his soul to heaven while he lies as though dead (Lommel, 1966), as he hunts animal spirits of negotiates with the Mistress of the Animals. A number of factors indicate the shamanic nature of the composition. The artist has portrayed the shaman as his spirit helper (the bird-headed wand) at the moment of his transformation or shape-shift...

Cave painting at Lascaux, France, circa 15.000-10,000 BC. The shaman sends his soul to heaven while he lies as though dead (Lommel, 1966), as he hunts animal spirits of negotiates with the Mistress of the Animals. A number of factors indicate the shamanic nature of the composition. The artist has portrayed the shaman as his spirit helper (the bird-headed wand) at the moment of his transformation or shape-shift...

Twentieth-century painted wooden Bwa leper mask from Burkina Faso; the mask represents lepers, believed to facilitate contact with the spirit world. (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Twentieth-century painted wooden Bwa leper mask from Burkina Faso; the mask represents lepers, believed to facilitate contact with the spirit world. (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Despacho ceremony is a beautiful and ancient ceremony performed throughout Peru.  In a Despacho ceremony, the shaman constructs an offering of gratitude to Pachamama (Mother Earth) and the Apus (Mountain Spirits). Prayers of gratitude or request are placed in the offering. Prayers are then "dispatched" to the Guides and Spirits when the offering is burned by the shaman.

Despacho ceremony is a beautiful and ancient ceremony performed throughout Peru. In a Despacho ceremony, the shaman constructs an offering of gratitude to Pachamama (Mother Earth) and the Apus (Mountain Spirits). Prayers of gratitude or request are placed in the offering. Prayers are then "dispatched" to the Guides and Spirits when the offering is burned by the shaman.

Tlingit Shaman’s Mask - Octopus Spirit,  1800-1840  (The Fenimore Art Museum)

Tlingit Shaman’s Mask - Octopus Spirit, 1800-1840 (The Fenimore Art Museum)

Tuvan Shamans in South Siberia believe that the spirits of nature create their own sound world, and it is possible for humans to communicate with them through the sound of the drum. Tuva is one of the few places in the world where the shamanic heritage has remained unbroken. Tuvan shamans use the drum to convey to the spirits of a place their greetings, any requests, and thanks. It is a spiritual practice designed to help human beings relate to all of nature.

Tuvan Shamans in South Siberia believe that the spirits of nature create their own sound world, and it is possible for humans to communicate with them through the sound of the drum. Tuva is one of the few places in the world where the shamanic heritage has remained unbroken. Tuvan shamans use the drum to convey to the spirits of a place their greetings, any requests, and thanks. It is a spiritual practice designed to help human beings relate to all of nature.

Sanchez Yarn Painting    the work of Jose Benitez Sanchez - widely considered the master of the medium of yarn paintings of the Huichol Indians of northwestern Mexico - from visions triggered by the peyote cactus.

Sanchez Yarn Painting the work of Jose Benitez Sanchez - widely considered the master of the medium of yarn paintings of the Huichol Indians of northwestern Mexico - from visions triggered by the peyote cactus.

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