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Old 04-28-2012, 11:30 PM
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Greetings, guy here.

Most all Shamans can be considered "Polyamorous". Though they may have only one Physical partner, the shaman may have many spirit lovers. It's comparable to nuns when they say they're married to God, but not quite in the same way.
At times the Shamans may wrestle with some spirits and make love to others. It's all part of interacting with that plane of existence. Spirits can take the form of animals, people, or the personification of Mother Nature Herself.

The plant and animal spirits are generally the shaman's servants and helpers. Garlic and Tobacco kneel to our feet, the South American Ayahuasca Shaman may call upon the Jaguar or the Hornet during a ceremony for their innate spiritual healing properties.

Mama Ayahuasca, with her warm and nurturing embrace, encircles you with her arms, and quiets your restless consciousness. She is your mother, and you are her Baby. Though you are also ONE with her in a way that is not altogether "non-sexual", this does not make you feel uncomfortable, on the contrary,you have never felt quite so comforted.

Polyamory is a concept that has been practiced in various forms for Millenia. There's also the Native American Two-Spirit people. They typically were the Medicine men of the community, and often had same sex partners. They embodied the spirit of both the male and female in their dress and sometimes mannerisms. Two Spirits sometimes had heterosexual partnerships, but in either case, neither the Two Spirit, nor their partner were considered 'homosexual'. In fact Two-Spirits could take anyone but another two-spirit for their partner, as they consider other Two-Spirits to be like 'sisters' to them.
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Mama is an amazing entity/place. She is all encompasing. Glad I am not the only one.
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Old 08-14-2012, 09:15 PM
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Is She Ever! I love her so much, my life is dedicated to her.

No sir, we are definately not the only ones, but still it feels good to have affirmation of that.

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Old 09-28-2012, 06:38 AM
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I consider myself something akin to a Scandinavian folklore - ish shaman. Hard to put a term on it precisely.

Just wanted to point out that a huge amount can still be accomplished without altering yourself in this particular way. Which you all probaby already understand... but, just felt like saying this in case somebody who may not understand comes across this thread.
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Old 09-28-2012, 06:54 AM
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Ever since I interviewed a real Native American medicine man, I cringe at the idea of non-native people using the word shaman, or thinking they really know anything about shamanism. It is a truly shameful thing to do.

Must read: http://native-way.blogspot.com/2004/...c-shamans.html
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An excellent blog post on hierarchy in polyamory:
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Old 09-30-2012, 01:14 PM
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Native American culture is definetly not the only culture that has shamanistic traditions.

I cringe at anybody claiming to know much about shamanism without first hand experience of shamanism. Much as I would cringe about somebody claiming to know what is right and wrong in medicine, when they are not a doctor (or otherwise trained and educated), etc. Even if you had thoroughly interviewed a doctor, or several, I wouldn't assume that you are now qualified to make medical decisions or know what is right or wrong in that field.

It is tough and dangerous work. Shamans are chosen by the spirits, essentially, and a person's life is typically a lot easier and happier if they do not wind up as a shaman.

I do have some Native American heritage, by the way - but it doesn't matter. Kind of like saying a person can't be a shaman if they are African American. Ontop of being ludicrous, African cultures definetly have shamanistic traditions, like most cultures across the globe.

You might want to do your own independant research, and think carefully, before making a blanket statement like that.

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