The Way of the Shaman Test | Final Test - Hard

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Some creation myths show with the passage of time, only shamans could:

2. When a power animal becomes human through a magical transformation, the animal becomes what for the shaman?

3. Harner repeatedly emphasizes that not all shamanic experiences involve drugs and instead rely on what?

4. While in the Lowerworld on a journey to restore power, how will the shaman know if a power animal is ready to accompany the seeker?

5. After the power animal in the Lowerworld alerts the shaman that it is ready to accompany him or her, what is the shaman supposed to do?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Harner explains that in most shamanic cultures, it's important that people are woken up slowly. Explain why. Also, explain the connection between the belief that power animals travel and the reason for waking someone up gradually.

Essay Topic 2

An important job the shaman does is restore power to a sick individual by retrieving his or her power animal.

1. Define power in the context of shamanism. What is its importance or value?

2. How does the presence or absence of power affect the health and welfare of a person?

3. How does a power animal help an individual? What happens when the person "loses" his or her power animal?

4. How does a shaman's act of retrieving a power animal help a patient?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the deep connection between animals and a shaman.How do the special talents associated with a specific species assist a shaman? Offer examples. Can a shaman do his or her work effectively if this connection was not in place? Support your answer with examples from the book.

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