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1962 Mozambique - Batuque Dance Warriors

1962 Mozambique - Batuque Dance Warriors

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Vintage Tunisia Belly Dancer

Vintage Tunisia Belly Dancer

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1920s Singapore Crocodile Hunter

1920s Singapore Crocodile Hunter

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Vintage Brazil - Kaiabi Shaman & Parrots

Vintage Brazil - Kaiabi Shaman & Parrots

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1983 Dubai Camel Race

1983 Dubai Camel Race

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eurasian-shamanism:

A Magar shaman sitting on a symbolic World Tree, a tree-trunk erected in the center of a village. He’s crouching on that tiny “shelf” blindfolded, and remains perched on the tree-trunk for hours. Photo by Michael Oppitz (1979)
Climbing a symbolic world-tree or ladder is part of the shaman’s initiation rites in various shamanic cultures throughout Eurasia. In some cultures a rope is also tied around the waist of the shaman-to-be, which is jerked by someone standing below when the neophyte reaches the top. This practice is meant to determine if the neophyte is indeed favored by the spirits and meant to be a shaman. If s/he succeeds in climbing the tree or ladder, or succeeds in not getting seriously or lethally injured when falling off, s/he’s the real deal. If s/he fails, gets seriously hurt or dies, then s/he’s not favored by the spirits, so it’s time to look for another shaman.

eurasian-shamanism:

A Magar shaman sitting on a symbolic World Tree, a tree-trunk erected in the center of a village. He’s crouching on that tiny “shelf” blindfolded, and remains perched on the tree-trunk for hours. Photo by Michael Oppitz (1979)

Climbing a symbolic world-tree or ladder is part of the shaman’s initiation rites in various shamanic cultures throughout Eurasia. In some cultures a rope is also tied around the waist of the shaman-to-be, which is jerked by someone standing below when the neophyte reaches the top. This practice is meant to determine if the neophyte is indeed favored by the spirits and meant to be a shaman. If s/he succeeds in climbing the tree or ladder, or succeeds in not getting seriously or lethally injured when falling off, s/he’s the real deal. If s/he fails, gets seriously hurt or dies, then s/he’s not favored by the spirits, so it’s time to look for another shaman.

(via matrixbotanica)

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A cook holding up a giant cabbage at a camp in Wairarapa, New Zealand, c.1890s (x)

A cook holding up a giant cabbage at a camp in Wairarapa, New Zealand, c.1890s (x)

(Source: sisterwolf, via matrixbotanica)

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1910 East Africa

1910 East Africa

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1950s Paraguay - Macaes Indians

1950s Paraguay - Macaes Indians

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1910s South Africa

1910s South Africa

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1906 Australia - Aboriginal with Throwing Sticks

1906 Australia - Aboriginal with Throwing Sticks

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1900s South Africa

1900s South Africa

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1910 Germany - Florida Idona full body tattoo

1910 Germany - Florida Idona full body tattoo

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1906 Sri Lanka Tamil Family

1906 Sri Lanka Tamil Family

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1909 Greenland - Peary North Pole Expedition

1909 Greenland - Peary North Pole Expedition


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