SHUAR AND SHAMANISM To understand the culture of the Shuar people of Ecuador, it is crucial to appreciate the importance they place on “the hidden world.”

As the American academic and white shaman Michael Harner explains in his book The Jivaro: People of the Sacred Waterfalls the Shuar believe that waking life is simply “a lie,” or illusion, while the true forces that determine daily events are supernatural. The Shuar believe that witchcraft is the cause of the vast majority of illnesses and non-violent deaths. This view of reality has created a demand for numerous Shuar shamans, people who are able to interpret the forces of the “real” world and help others interpret and deal with these supernatural elements.>>>

How rainforest shamans treat disease

How rainforest shamans treat diseaseEthnobotanists, people who study the relationship between plants and people, have long documented the extensive use of medicinal plants by indigenous shamans in places around the world, including the Amazon. But few have reported on the actual process by which traditional healers diagnose and treat disease. >>>

Traditional Indonesian Dance Calls Angel to Earth

Traditional Indonesian Dance Calls Angel to EarthArriving at Lara Djonggrang restaurant in Menteng, Central Jakarta, on the evening of Halloween, I was surprised to see a traditional market occupying the courtyard.

Illuminated with torches and oil lamps, open bamboo huts showcased traditional delicacies from Cirebon, West Java, such as tahu gejrot (crisp-fried tofu bathed in a thin, dark sauce flavored with green chili and shallots), empal gentong (tender beef in creamy turmeric and coconut soup) and nasi lengko (steamed rice served with marinated tofu, soybean cake and vegetables).>>>

Ready or not, here comes '2012'

Ready or not, here comes Everyone knows something is going to happen Dec. 21, 2012.

It's what that something is that's up for debate. Either:
# The world will end.
# A new age of harmony will begin, or,
# Panic will ensue as men around the world wake up to realize there are only four shopping days left until Christmas.
In any event, we have another much-publicized doomsday deadline fast approaching and filmmakers and book publishers know it. According to the Mayan calendar — which can't be purchased at your local Hallmark store because it hasn't been used since the 1500s>>>

Performing the ’Jindo Sitgimgut,’ for women in the entertainment industry

Performing the ’Jindo Sitgimgut,’ for women in the entertainment industryA female shaman performs the ’Jindo Sitgimgut,’ a shamanist ritual for cleansing the soul of deceased persons, for women in the entertainment industry including Jang Ja-yeon, who committed suicide in March.>>>