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Shikoku and shamanism

Clearly pilgrims from all walks of life embark on their journey around Shikoku for an ever-changing variety of reasons. However, it’s also clear that the pilgrimage is part of ancient ascetic and shamanistic practices in Japan. Carmen Blacker addresses the … Continue reading

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Mircea Eliade from “Shamanism; Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy”

“The myth of ascent to the sky by a ladder is also known in Africa, Oceania, and North America. But stairs are only one of the numerous symbolic expressions for ascent; the sky can be reached by fire or smoke, … Continue reading

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