photo shamanism

Last chance! Soldier, Spectre, Shaman: The Figure and the Second World War closes March 20. Featuring the work of more than 30 international artists, The New York Times calls it “a vital corrective to the gospel of abstract art." 

[Installation view of Soldier, Spectre, Shaman: The Figure and the Second World War, The Museum of Modern Art, October 24, 2015-March 20, 2016. © 2015 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: John Wronn]

A crucial part of a shaman’s initiation is the ritual of death and rebirth. During this initiation, often performed by the spirits themselves, the shaman’s spirit leaves his or her body and passes over to the otherworld. Here the spirits test the shaman and often grants special powers. The shaman gains the ability to see spirits in both realities and to interact with them. Certain spirits claim friendship so that it will be easier for the shaman to call upon them in the future. After this harrowing is finished the shaman is returned to their body, where he/she awakens a full shaman. At this point, the shaman is considered twice born and walks between both realities, physical and spiritual, at once.

-Psychic & Author: Michelle Belanger

(Photo) Shamanic VVoman / by Vitka Skaas