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The Way of the Shaman Setting & Symbolism

Michael Harner
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Objects/Places

Power Animals

Power animals are Native North American guardian spirits. Often a power animal is a basic power source used to connect the shaman with nonordinary powers.

Ayahuasca

Sometimes called the "soul vine," ayahuasca is a plant yielding a hallucinogen that aids in shamanic visions. It is used by various tribes, including the Conibo.

Maikua

Maikua is a species of datura used for visions by tribes such as the Jivaro. It is hallucinogenic.

Tsentsak

Tsentsak are magical darts, or spirit helpers, used by the Jivaro to cause and cure illness in daily life. These darts must be swallowed to be effective.

Shamanic Enlightenment

This is the literal and metaphysical ability to lighten the darkness. It may be the ancient meaning of enlightenment. An important component is the power of giving off light.

Spirit Helpers

Spirit helpers are minor powers compared to guardian spirits. They normally have specialized functions...

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