Magnificent Visions

Magnificent VisionsNight was falling when I parked, as instructed, at an intersection on a canyon road north of Los Angeles. Carrying a foam pad, water bottle, and blanket, I cautiously approached the house. “Are you here for the ceremony?” asked a woman seated in shadow on the porch. “The shaman’s running late,” she added. After a few minutes of small talk on topics ranging from root chakras to Reiki, she asked me bluntly, “Have you drunk before?

The Way We Are

The Way We AreTattoos had been used in ancient Greece and Rome to mark ownership of slaves and as punishment for criminals. Rather than being ornamental, the tattooing practices signified degradation, punishment, and permanent ownership.

The Elder -Caring and listening can hasten healing.

The Elder -Caring and listening can hasten healing.I've been around the ceremonial life and the teaching lodges of my people for more than thirty years now. It doesn't seem that long. The very fact of being part of a spiritual community lends time a different quality, one where time passing becomes more like time inhabited, each day, month, year joined in a stream of vital energy.

He's a sick man-Selebi's sangoma speaks

HeNtshingila, who is known as Zinyo Lebhubesi (Lion's Tooth) last consulted the former Interpol president in October.
He says he wasn't surprised when Selebi collapsed at his Pretoria home on Friday after he learnt that he must serve his 15-year jail term for corruption.

Hmong preteen next in line to become shaman

Hmong preteen next in line to become shamanKamolchai Hang, 12, of St. Paul, could become the next shaman in his Hmong family, continuing a religious tradition of more than 1,000 years.
Kamolchai was born in Thailand but moved to St. Paul in 2004 and has been raised as a Hmong shaman since infancy.