White Shaman, no I’m not talking about the plastic shamans who claim shamanic ability because they went through a guided meditation or weekend retreat sweat lodge. White Shaman is a mysterious and magical place in Southwest Texas and Northwest Mexico. It has a series of shallow caves with ancient paintings that hold secrets from a mysterious religion of the people who once lived there. I’ve been to a similar place in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico. The caves I spent time in are still used today by the Tarahumara. It would not surprise me if the people who once inhabited White Shaman are ancestors of the Tarahumara and Huichol. But no one really knows who the descendants of White Shaman are.

The paintings are hard to interpret without input from known descendants, but researcher Carolyn Boyd feels the paintings reflect a shamanic journey through the spirit world. The journey was wrought with battles against demons. The journey also involved consultation with ancestors. The shaman would then share their experiences with other members of the tribe.

The place gets its name from one of the figures adorning the walls, a large white figure. The paintings seem chaotic like many times our dreams are. But within the chaos is meaning just like are dreams. The challenge is to sort out the symbols and experiences into a decipherable meaning. Maybe when you can do that with your dreams you can be called a shaman.

Source: Secrets of the White Shaman

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Comment by Consuelo Figueroa on March 31, 2019 at 2:34pm

Yep, they were awesome in those days.

Comment by Meridian - The Idaean on April 1, 2019 at 11:25am

Very reminiscent of Buddist funeral rites from the book of the dead. Or the really groovy version....


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