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Guest Post by Dr. Octavio: Shamanism in Mexico

April 18, 2011

Today’s guest post is contributed by Dr. Octavio who is in my professors’ English classHe 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.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Dedalus permalink
    April 19, 2011 11:30 am

    Hey, this Nahual thing is very interesting: i read that the Nahual is a sort of guardian angel and, based on your birth date, you receive a different kind of Nahual (something like the Zodiac Knights xD ).

    • April 19, 2011 4:32 pm

      Dedalus, I have read the same thing. When researching about Nahual I´ll find the majority of sites have people asking for experts to tell them what their Nahual is.


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