Encyclopedia of World Mythology
The myriad rituals used by medicine men, shamans and elders to call upon the spirits, the customary beliefs in the powers of the gods, and the social and cultural influences behind these beliefs are all explained within this volume.
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GUARDIAN SPIRITS OF THE HOME frtfi HELPING SPIRITS THE SHAMAN
depends on spirit helpers to assist in journeying to the spirit world. Often, the
helping spirit is an animal which carries the shaman on its back, flying silently
through the ...
Devata, which are nature spirits, and fertility spirits such as the goddess Pattini
are also popular. Origin myths associated with the birth of yaksas, nature spirits,
and other superior beings are recited in ritual when these beings are invoked.
Were-wolves and were-tigers are feared in deeply forested areas, and there are
also many tales of women who walk alone in the forest becoming possessed by
spirits, whom they are forced to marry. In New Guinea the bird of paradise is ...
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