Guest Post by Dr. Octavio: Shamanism in Mexico
Today’s guest post is contributed by Dr. Octavio who is in my professors’ English class. He teaches and researches at a state university in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Shamanism is a field of non-scientific studies related to the beliefs and myths passed down from parents to children. Most of the time, these beliefs are built by mixing subjective ideas, rumors, and wrong concepts about unexpected phenomenoms.
I have the concept that a Shaman is a person who has strong powers to change physical and inner forms over surrounding people and himself. For example, I heard about a Shaman in Chiapas who can change his human form to an animal form like a dog.
Note from Alacran: The Shaman in World of Warcraft possess the ability to take on the form of their animal spirit, The Ghost Wolf. In real life mexican shaman terms, this animal would be known as a Nahual.