Black and White Shamans – Interdimensional Travel and Psychedelic Mushrooms

Equaly feared and respected, the shaman has been a key figure throughout the history of human civilization Could we someday revive their long forgotten abilities? And if so, what could we accomplish, using the super natural powers they once wielded? Similar to the distinct types of magical practitioners, shamans were also classified into two different tiers

Black shamans or white shamans The black shamans were renowned as the most powerful and were sometimes called as warrior shamans because they fought evil forces and renamed military advisors during a war They secured their power from the north star and could be easily spotted as they usually wore black robes with barely few, if any decoration The main role of the black shamans was to confront demons and the dark gods on behalf of their clients This role they fulfilled by cursing and blighting enemy crops or herbs

During a war, the black shamans rode side by side with the army and helped to win campaigns, using their mystic powers In times of peace, they had a more construcitve role as adversaries, diplomats or political advisors Some shamans were so powerful and recognizable, that they inspected the preperation and signing of treaties with the reverent magical formalities Black shamans were extremely feared, even after they died In the 16th century, when an occult one died, he was put in a coffin, his corpse they nailed down with sharp stakes, so he could not transform into a powerful undead creature, that hunts the living

In contrast to the powerful warlords described above, the white shamans gained their magical powers from nature and everything that surrounded them They performed at a tribal level mostly as healers and mystics and they only had to deal with beneficent beeings It was their task to tame angry or evil spirits and exorcise them, if they possessed humans Besides the mystical encounters, they helped the tribe prosper and live at peace with the spirit world, as well as the natural environment On a physical level – because of their great knowledge and power of understanding – they were employed in an administrated role to take care of tribal affairs

Shamans – either black or white – were great spiritual leaders who could change the tide of events, that were to follow They possessed great intellect and understanding of the world therefore providing remedies for the injured or alleviation for the dying In ancient times having such allies by your side was worth more than a treasure chest, as they could help you win the hardest battle Shamans of old believed in three worlds of coexistence, linked together by the "world tree" or "tree of life" These were "the lower world", or "underworld" inhabited by the dead, who were awaiting reincarnation; the "middle world" or "middle earth", where human spirits were incarnated

and the "upper world" or "heaven", the house of the gods Various non-human spirits also inhabited each of these three worlds The shamans could access these other worlds in trance, using the means of spirit travel It is intriguing to note that in medieval times european wiches were presumed to fly to their sabbats, using their enchanted broom sticks It is clear that this was not unphysically so the sorceresses were also practicing a shamanic form of spirit flight

Shamans could also fly when their spirit traveled, either by changing shape into a bird or by riding the back of an animal usually a deer, horse or other large animals Other reiterations from the middleages describe wiches riding on the backs of goats and rams through the sky at night Occasionally the shaman visited the world of spirits by escalating the "world tree" itself or by flying along a rainbow This is another connection between shamans and northern european folklore, where the rainbow is actually a bridge, connecting "Midgard" (middle Earth) with "Asgard", the realm of the gods One way for the shamans to achieve trance and spirit travel was the psychedelic mushroom "Amanita Muscaria", commonly known as "Fly Agaric"

This psychedelic mushroom is well known for its magical properties and it is the source of inspiration for many myths and fairy-tales, involving goblins, fairies, elves and many other magical creatures It is also considered that fly agaric can open the gate between worlds and dimensions and was considered as sacred mushroom because of its intriguing qualities In siberia shamans sometimes drank the urine of reindeer, previously fed with "Amanita Muscaria" They said, the drink linked them to the spirit of the plant and that it appeared as small mushrooms with arms, legs and eyes attached Many such practices and rituals have been forgotten or lost for eternity, because of the christian, muslim or other missionaries, who persecuted practitioners on account of different religious or political reasons

Despite these afflictions a form of shamanism survived and it continues in remote rural areas across the globe The general term of shamanism is also preserved that over the years became entangled with other western elements and can not be found in its true form Shamanism nowadays is a mixture of practices from different religions keeping some basic aspects, that it can't be compared to what it used to be Thank you for watching, please give us a Like and don't forget to subscribe