Viewing religion from the outside in: New play, ‘The Oven’ recalls shamanic, hallucinogenic ritual

Viewing religion from the outside in: New play, ‘The Oven’ recalls shamanic, hallucinogenic ritualFive years ago Ilan Stavans participated in a shamanic ceremony in the South American country of Colombia that involved the use of hallucinogens. It was an experience, he says, that changed his life.
Stavans, the Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College, has written a one-man play about the experience. “The Oven,” a monologue, performed by Stavans,

Shamans rouse the ancient Siberian spirits

Shamans rouse the ancient Siberian spiritsA shaman, in the dictionary definition, is 'a person regarded as having access to, and influence in, the world of good and evil spirits, especially among some peoples of northern Asia and North America. Typically such people enter a trance state during a ritual, and practise divination and healing.'

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.