Skeleton of 12,000-year-old shaman discovered buried with leopard, 50 tortoises and human foot

Skeleton of 12,000-year-old shaman discovered buried with leopard, 50 tortoises and human footThe skeleton of a 12,000 year-old Natufian Shaman has been discovered in northern Israel by archaeologists at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The burial is described as being accompanied by "exceptional" grave offerings - including 50 complete tortoise shells, the pelvis of a leopard and a human foot. The shaman burial is thought to be one of the earliest known from the archaeological record and the only shaman grave in the whole region.

Earliest known shaman grave site found: study

Earliest known shaman grave site found: studyAn ancient grave unearthed in modern-day Israel containing 50 tortoise shells, a human foot and body parts from numerous animals is likely one of the earliest known shaman burial sites, researchers said on Monday.

The 12,000-year-old grave dates back to the Natufian people who were the first society to adopt a sedentary lifestyle, Hebrew University of Jerusalem researcher Leore Grosman and colleagues said.

Obama has the support of Peruvian faith-healers

Obama has the support of Peruvian faith-healersBarack Obama apparently can count on the support of a majority of Peruvian faith healers. Each of the 11 shamans in a Peruvian faith-healing organization said Wednesday that they have foreseen victory in the U.S. presidential race: nine for Democrat Obama and two for his Republican rival John McCain.

Siberian shamans: ancient magic in the modern world

Siberian shamans: ancient magic in the modern worldItís been three hundred years since people in the remote land of Khakassia in Siberia adopted Christianity, but they still cling to many pagan traditions. Their ancient culture still believes in the mysterious healing powers of shamans.

Jackson Pollock and the Native American unconscious

Jackson Pollock and the Native American unconsciousJackson Pollock died in a car accident at the age of 44. Most talk of his art revolves around his famous action painting, or "drip technique". These are canvases on which the artist allowed paint to drip in an apparently abstract fashion. An exhibition in Paris takes a look at the influence of Native American culture on his work.