The word “shaman” is from the Tungus people. Here’s a story. Archaeologists who were working in the Pavlov Hills of the Czech Republic discovered a burial site of a healer with a fox placed in one hand, which is a healer’s sign from Asia, Europe, and into the Americas. The fox was the clear indicator that the grave was of a “shaman”, or maybe I should write sha-woman for the remains are those of a female healer. This excavation was the oldest of it’s kind. The archaeologists and the anthropologist began to use the word shaman to describe a healer. The wonderful and amazing thing is that throughout the world there are ancient traditions of the healers, call them what we will Shaman Curandero, Ayahuasquero, Paco, Naguel, to name a few, medicine men and women have existed serving their communities.
In 2008 a discovery in northern Israel of graves which dated back twelve thousand years proved that shamanic healing existed in the Natufian culture. The oldest grave was that of a woman who was forty-five years of age, and had been buried with objects which suggested that she was a healer. Her grave contained animal parts, wild pigs, cows.,martens, leopard eagles and an arrangement of fifty turtle shells. There was also a human foot, not hers I might add. Her grave was of a unique construction again suggesting that she once held a certain societal position. .Archaeologist Leore Grosman stated.”From the standpoint of the status of the grave and its contents, no Natufian burial like this one has never been found,”
Harvard University anthropologist Ofer Bar-Yosef said, “The shaman’s grave is a rare find. For every 50 Natufian hunter-gatherers, only one would have been a shaman”, Unlike today when every fourth person I meet tends to be or know a shaman. Maybe the modern world is n need of more healing or perhaps it is time for all good shamans to go back into the closet. My apologises to Mr.Capote.