Paleolithic Neopaganism Native American Traditional Asian
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 the subconscious. There are also numerous descriptions of Shamanism and related topics in the Native American, the Traditional Asian, Australian, Pacific, and African sections.
Shamanism in Siberia
Shaman, Saiva and Sufi
A Journey in Southern Siberia
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. See also 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)