Friday, April 14, 2006

Estatic States and Shamanism

I have recently begun to take an interest in shamanism, the only problem with this is that we have nobody my alternative religions group who has studied it. After talking to a number of hermetics, pagans and thelemites in the group a split of opioion (sorry about the spelling) has occurred that relates to the way of practising it.

The debate ultimately has come down to this: Is it equally valid given the culture and ways of practising magic that western society has given us to undertake shamanism through drum work and pathworking or the more traditional way of practising it through estatic states of drumming, drugs and exposure to extreme conditions?

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