No American Indian Shamans!
WE DON'T HAVE SHAMANS!
The Wikipedia and other reference sources note that "shaman" originally referred to the traditional healers of Turkic-Mongol areas such as Northern Asia (Siberia) and Mongolia, a "shaman" being the Turkic-Tungus word for such a practitioner and literally meaning "he (or she) who knows." In Turkic shamans were called mostly Kam and sometimes Baks. The Tungusic word saman is from Chinese sha men "Buddhist monk," borrowed from Pali samana, ultimately from Sanskrit sramana "ascetic," from sramati "he fatigues" (see shramana). The word passed through Russian and German before it was adopted into English.
Given the Sino-Russian origins of shamans, how can we nDns possibly have them as our healer-priests? We have medicine men or healers. Stop putting your words in our mouths!
How can you wasiçiu (a Lakhota term for Europeans) claim to be noble and enlightened when you display such ignorance and insensitivity? After all the broken treaties, and the 150 years abusing of the Red Nations, you might want to begin by not using names that offend us through your ignorance of our cultures and beliefs.
Oh, I forgot... you don't care, until it affects an election. You are more worried about offending a Muslim or follower of Islam. Never mind.
My dad laughingly told me that the hippies who spend a lot of money and time to go to Tibet to meet God will probably hear him say "You could have met me in your back yard."
Glenn Welker wrote:
> ... beware of a local non-Indian man who recently contacted me
> and claims he and his sister are "channeling" Crazy Horse
> and that this great leader has asked him to do a Ghost Dance
> to help send him (Crazy Horse) and 200 others who died at
> Wounded Knee in 1890 on to the Spirit World.
> He has these supposed sessions on DVD!
What a laugh! As If our spirits are too stupid to know the way! It's Europeans who get their ghosts stuck here, probably because they had so few spiritual thoughts in their life, that when they died, they were too afraid of the light to follow it!
Tell the guy who is claiming to channel Crazy Horse, that the best way to help a lost spirit is to show them the way, and that he should find a lonely stretch of road, channel the spirits who want to go home, and then kill himself so he can become their guide.
I'll bet that he will back out faster than a Republican who walked into a gay bar by mistake.
The Sonoma County Free Press has an excellent expose of two infamous plastic shamans.
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