University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Athropology


Author: Peter T. Furst

Visionary Plants and Ecstatic Shamanism

By: Peter T. Furst

Big Raven, Whale, little earth spirits, and a deity named Vahiyinin, are the actors in a tale a Siberian Koryak shaman told a Russian ethnographer at the turn of the nineteenth sentry. Big Raven is both culture hero and trickster in tribal Siberia. Whale is whale; the earth spirits are the fly agaric, Amanita muscaria; […]