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Shamanism
Shaman healing John
General Information
Location

Indian Village

Participants

Native Americans

Description

Magical-religious beliefs

The Spirit Guides have spoken.

Shamanism is a practice that involves a practitioner reaching altered states of consciousness in order to perceive and interact with a spirit world and channel these transcendental energies into this world[1].

Description

Shamanism is a spiritual belief system based on the observance of the Earth and reverence of the Great Spirit. The main goal of most Shamans is to honour the design of nature and to maintain stability within the world. Shamanism is intimately tied to one's spiritual relationship with the divine, and the idea that all things (i.e. animals, humans, life, etc.) are considered sacred, as they are all different aspects of nature. Shamanism has been found in many indigenous cultures in North and South America, Australia, New Zealand, Central and Northern Asia, Eastern and Northern Europe and Africa. A Shaman is an intermediary between the human realm and the spirit world. They act on behalf of the community conducting ceremonial rituals, healing the people, and helping to guide others on the Shamanic path. A Shaman’s life belongs to the community and it is their responsibility to ensure the well-being of their family and village. Shamans believe in using ancient ceremonies and rituals to attune themselves with the natural rhythms of the universe in their efforts to obtain guidance and knowledge from their Gods. Many Shamans believe that the Great Spirit is an all-powerful and benevolent deity that exists in all things.

Throughout the Salem Series

Mortally wounded during a battle during the seven years of war away from home, John Alden was healed by an unidentified shaman through rituals and traditional medicines of the Native American culture of the unknown tribes [2] (Ashes Ashes). When Alden was dying once again, wounded by militiamen, he was rescued by members of the tribe and brought back to the village where he was again healed. Native American shamans have also proven to be able to counter the powers of witches, when Sooleawa built a particular dreamcatcher able to deflect the "Witch Eye."

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John Alden undergoing the ritual

John Alden was also provided by mystical powers through a complex and dangerous shamanic ritual. Naked, covered in blood and pigments, he received mystical powers from the Great Spirit through the intercession of the shaman. In his body, precisely under the skin of the neck, a living insect was inserted in a similar way how witch Familiars are used, while tribal tattoos were etched on his back and chest, all while the smoke of the sacred incense thickened the air. Presumably, to seal the ritual John Alden had a sexual intercourse with the shaman's daughter Sooleawa; naked, her body painted all in red and with eyes that seemed real due to hallucinogenic drugs taken during the ceremony (Cry Havoc). The true nature of this ritual is not entirely clear, but it was revealed that once accomplished his task, Alden would have died and while he was talking to Cotton Mather, Alden he referred to himself as someone not quite alive (The Wine Dark Sea).

Another example of how shamanic magic is applied in the physical plane is the creation of so-called "Tools of Power", able to fight and hurt the witches. Among these there is also a medicine bag which guarantees invisibility to his owner, thus providing match witches and shamans in some powers and abilities.(Blood Kiss)

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Trivia

  • The Great Spirit seems to be the primary patron of all Native Americans practising Native American Shamanism.
  • Shamans do not consider themselves witches, nor have any connection to the Devil.
  • Shamans have a less-than-friendly relationship with the witches and seem to disapprove of their lifestyle. Whether or not this animosity is directed towards all witches in general, or if it is only directed towards the Salem witches, remains unknown.
  • Shamanism is an ancient form of spiritual healing. The teachings of Shamanism focus on the human connection to nature and the promotion the health and well-being. Shamanism also allows a Shaman to work with, and not in supplication to, Higher Powers with the intent of living in harmony and achieving balance with all things.

References

  1. Shamanism on Wikipedia.org
  2. Probably Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe or the Wampanoag Tribe of Aquinnah, as the territory of Massachusetts Bay was mainly inhabited by such tribes.

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