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Aboriginal Men of High Degree

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Aboriginal Men of High Degree presents an extraordinary series of rites by which the young Aboriginal male begins the degrees of shamanic initiation.

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One of Australia's most eminent anthropologists, A. P. Elkin focuses on karadji, or men of high degree, who possess magical powers and who serve as channels between the Dreamtime beings and their own communities. As psychologists and psychic experts, the karadji are essential to the groups' social chesion. They are believed to cure and kill mysteriously, make rain, anticipate future events, and appear and disappear at will. Not content to explain away these phenomenon, Elkin boldly suggests that we enter into the karadji worldview and try to understand this remarkable culture on its own terms.

"When you see an old man sitting by himself, …do not disturb him, for if you do he will 'growl' at you. Do not play near him; because he is sitting down by himself with his thoughts in order 'to see'. He is gathering those thoughts so that he can feel and hear. Perhaps he then lies down, getting into a special posture, so that he may see when sleeping. He sees indistinct visions and hears 'persons' talk in them. …he tells his friends to strengthen that power within them, so that when they lie down they will see and feel people not present [or become aware of entities], and in that way they will perceive them."

Author Elkin, A. P.
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 224 pp.
Publisher Inner Traditions 1994
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