Paws-some: Shaman blesses dogs at Grand Army Plaza

Paws-some: Shaman blesses dogs at Grand Army PlazaThese dogs get blessed in show. A Prospect Heights mystic worked her magic on a bunch of fidos on Oct. 11, offering her rendition of the Catholic blessing of the animals for the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, which took place at churches across Brooklyn the week prior.

Native American flutes: Long history, lots of sounds

Native American flutes: Long history, lots of sounds Debbie Rivers learned to play the flute on the traditional silver instruments, but for the last six years, she has branched out to playing on wooden Native American flutes. She took a trip to the Four Corners in Colorado in 2008, and she discovered this unique type of flute.

Shaman’s ritual launches exhibition

Shaman’s ritual launches exhibition A contemporary art museum seems far from where a shamanistic ritual would take place. But at the Seoul Museum of Art yesterday, female shaman Lee Sang-soon held a gut, or a traditional shamanistic ritual, to console the spirits of the dead.

Blessing ceremony returns land to natives

Blessing ceremony returns land to nativesThe sun slid behind the mountains and a Cheshire moon rose above the flat plateau of Mount Serenity as a small and unlikely gathering settled in for the blessing of Father Nazarin's 30 acres.

Ayahuasca in Peru: Mysterious and Magical Medicine

Ayahuasca in Peru: Mysterious and Magical Medicinen the Amazon rainforest there grows a vine called ayahuasca (which translates to "vine of the soul"). When the vine is mixed with certain leaves and cooked into a (foul-tasting) tea, it becomes a hallucinogenic medicine with unbelievable effects. An ayahuasca experience is often described as 10 years of therapy condensed into a single night.