Help from Shaman must be in line with Islam

Help from Shaman must be in line with IslamThe Malaysian government welcomes any help to trace missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 including from "bomohs" (shamans) so long as their methods do not contravene Islam, said Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom.

The Vine of the Soul: Ayahuasca could revolutionize psychotherapy, but only if we're willing to do "

The Vine of the Soul: Ayahuasca could revolutionize psychotherapy, but only if weJust before dusk, eighteen strangers entered a yurt on a Midwestern homestead. Peruvian tapestries decorated the walls of the large round structure, and rattles stood poised for ceremony.
“Here we have a medicine that apparently reverses these deficits, something no other medicine is known to do. And there’s also a correlation to behavioral change. The participants — professional men and women ages 35 to 65 — put on comfortable clothing and set up sleeping bags, pillows and blankets. Everyone got a plastic bucket, cheerfully colored in green, red or blue.

Harsh landscape of Gobi Desert yields hidden treasures

Harsh landscape of Gobi Desert yields hidden treasuresShamanism is making a comeback in Mongolia and there were frequent shaman poles along the road side draped in blue scarves. Usually there were simple poles but this one had a likeness of a shaman. Traditionalists circle the shaman poles, give prayers and hang the blue scarves. Because that was not possible while driving a bus, every time he passed one, the driver honked his horn.

US freeway to pave over history of Native American suffering

US freeway to pave over history of Native American sufferingSoon, a four-lane freeway will slice across wetlands next to Haskell Indian Nations University in northeast Kansas. Over 100 years ago, this land sheltered Native children fleeing a government school. It still cradles remains today.

Rafi El and His Native Tongues

Rafi El and His Native TonguesA few years ago, L.A.-based producer and vocalist Rafi El met up with a Peruvian shaman, with whom he tried ayahuasca for the first time. While under the influence of the psychedelic drug, the shaman's music triggered some early childhood memories in Rafi - folk music from the Andes Mountains his Argentine parents listened to.