The Way of the Shaman Test | Final Test - Hard

Michael Harner
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What element is often reported in many successful guardian spirit journeys?

2. According to the author, restoring power requires restoring or acquiring what?

3. In the exercise Harner gives the reader for dancing one's animal guardian spirit, what is the participant asked to do?

4. A shaman will blow a spirit animal into a patient through:

5. A shaman's quartz crystals typically are hidden from what?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does a shaman obtain a power song needed to retrieve a power animal?

2. In the power restoration exercise Harner presents for the reader, what is the participant told to avoid?

3. In the power restoration exercise presented to the reader in Chapter 5, what typically happens when the participant goes through the tunnel and reaches the Lowerworld?

4. What connection does a patient often have with a returned spirit animal?

5. What might a restless or shocked power animal do?

6. Describe what Harner refers to as the "Calling The Beasts" ritual.

7. How do the Jivaro know if a person has or doesn't have a guardian animal spirit?

8. Where do "big dreams" come from, and what purpose do they serve?

9. Describe what Harner writes about the mythical past link between humans and animals.

10. What does a shaman do upon successfully retrieving a power animal for a patient?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the purpose of the shaman working with the following conditions or tools:

1. In total or partial darkness.

2. With drumming, chanting, and rattles.

3. Using plants.

Essay Topic 2

Harner asserts that the less technologically advanced a society is, the more advanced it is in its shamanic practices. Do you feel his assessment is accurate? Why or why not? Supply examples to support your argument.

Essay Topic 3

Find contemporary similarities to the following scenarios and, for each one, draw comparisons between the shamanic practice and its contemporary counterpart:

1. A shaman consults with his or her animal guardian.

2. A shaman refrains from healing when he or she feels dis-spirited.

3. A shaman relies on synchronicities to determine whether or not he or she is on the right track.

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