'People in the west live squeezed together, frenzied as wasps in the nest'

Years ago I met a young Amazonian shaman, or spiritual leader, on his first visit to London. As we went down the escalator into the London Underground I could see he was nervous. All these white people rushing around under the city must be spirits or ghosts, he said. When we emerged, he was himself nearly white, shaken from his cosmological introduction to Britain.

Peru's shamans predict favourable year for U.S., Cuba in annual tradition

PeruThe U.S. restoring diplomatic ties with Cuba, severed by Washington more than 50 years ago, dominated the annual end-of-year ritual of Peru's shamans on Monday (December 29) as they made predictions and offered prayers for 2015. Surrounded by yellow and red flowers, the medicine men sang and danced on a Lima beach, focusing their attention on U.S. and Cuban flags as well as photographs of Cuban President Raul Castro and U.S. President Barack Obama.

Miccosukee Tribe reveals private side to public, opening doors to their culture

Miccosukee Tribe reveals private side to public, opening doors to their culture For the first time, the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida shared one of their most sacred dances to the public, signaling they are opening the doors to their culture and traditions. During the 40th annual Miccosukee Indian Arts & Crafts Festival at the tribe’s Indian village west of Miami-Dade County, the public got to see tribe members perform a stomp dance.

The Ancient Practice of Tengriism, Shamanism and Ancient Worship of the Sky Gods

The Ancient Practice of Tengriism, Shamanism and Ancient Worship of the Sky Gods     In ancient times, people in Central Asia practiced a religion known as Tengriism, which focused on living in harmony with the natural universe. While this religion was founded and most widely practiced during ancient times, there are groups that still practice Tengriism to this day.

Santa’s Shamanic Origins

Santa’s Shamanic OriginsWith the holidays approaching, I would like to share an interesting take on the origins of Christmas mythology. It has been proposed that many aspects of the Christmas tradition may be rooted in the mythologies of pre-Christian indigenous peoples of Northern Europe and Siberia, cultures whose shamans used psychoactive mushrooms in their rituals.