mentawai indonesia shaman

mentawai indonesia shaman

I have been reading an article in April 2010 Islands magazine about a surfers trip to the remote Mentawai Indonesian Islands by Eddy Patricelli.  Two statements in this article about the local shamans strike me.

  1. The shamans of Mentawai believe that our souls are at risk of straying if …. we do not follow a life’s path that pleases our soul.
  2. The shamans say that mistreating any object means you won’t get along well with it.  You’ll be in disharmony, and the soul of the object — even a ping pong paddle — could turn on you.

Interesting….  How would our culture differ if we perceived the wisdom of this ancient lineage and did not mistreat any object or thing knowing that would affect our harmony?

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