Shaman-Alutiiq Word of the Week-January 25, 2015
Alutiiq shamans healed the sick, foretold the future, controlled the weather, and recounted events in far-off places. They acted as intermediaries between the human and spirit worlds, fulfilling the dangerous task of communicating with animals, ancestors, and supernatural beings. Shamans could turn themselves into animals or send their souls to find lost people.The tourists toying with insanity by taking powerful hallucinogenic cactus 'for fun' in Mexico
The consumption of a powerfully-hallucinogenic cactus believed to bring spiritual healing is fast pulling in a following in Mexico where thousands of tourists take part in shamanic rituals every year.
But backpackers looking to 'find themselves' on their travels are being warned of the dangers of taking peyote - which can cause those who consume to go insane.
MailOnline was told of instances where foreigners wanting to be enlightened were taken to hospital, or had to be restrained - with one man allegedly trying to bite off his own arm.
Inside the clapboard temple, the gnostic Shamanists had all their bases covered. Glittering posters of the Hindu deity Krishna hung next to paintings of Jesus Christ and drawings of creaturesque statues from a pre-Incan civilization. A candle was placed on a rug in the center of the room along with a makeshift altar and a cross made of sticks. “This is what Christmas is truly about,” Manque Runa (spirit name) began. “Not new clothes or Reggaeton, but about connecting with the Mother Earth and to God.” With that, he dipped a wooden cup into the pot of hallucinogenic yagé tea and passed it to me.
On average every 10 days, but once a week if we can, Dan Plumley and I do a Russian-style banya either just together or with others when we can round them up. The prior couple years, we used a sweat lodge, and before that we took advantage of various friends' saunas when we could.Shamanic Art from China and Vietnam
The exhibition How to Make the Universe Right: The Art of the Shaman in Vietnam and Southern China, which is on view at the UCSB Art, Design & Architecture (AD&A) Museum January 17-May 1, consists of scroll paintings, musical instruments, clothing, and ceremonial objects from the collection of Santa Barbara residents Jill and Barry Kitnick.