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Sacred ritual, empty ritual, and satanic ritual – a comparative study

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy. – Hamlet When we were young, some of us attended religious rituals with our parents. The purpose of these rituals was often a social one … Continue reading

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C.S. Lewis on friendship, purpose, and male culture

Friendship comes to us in odd moments, often unsought, but greatly appreciated. The following passage by C.S. Lewis touches on how friendship arises and hints at the difference in male and female culture – a subject rarely appreciated in the … Continue reading

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Money, wealth, and security in traditional and modern societies – David Maybury-Lewis

Recently I stayed with some friends in the San Francisco area.  I brought a small gift, and wrote them a thank-you note afterward, but those gestures don’t begin to repay them for their kindness and hospitality, which I reeaalllllly appreciated. … Continue reading

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The power of “laying on of hands”, the Hawaiian Kahuna way

In 1917 researcher Max Freedom Long went to Hawai’i, where he learned about native methods of healing and magic.  He reported that Hawaiian medicine men and women (a.k.a. kahunas) could heal people with just their hands and thoughts: The kahunas first … Continue reading

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Chögyam Trungpa on honoring one’s roots

I used to hear stories about my teacher encouraging Fijians and Native Australians to honor their cultural heritages.  And doing the same with his students of Japanese, African, Jewish or other ethnic origin.  I used to wonder about that — … Continue reading

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“Mana” in Fiji (& other native cultures)

In 1977, an American researcher visited Fiji to study traditional healing.  He encountered a vast array of charlatans before finding an elder who was both a chief and seemed to be a real healer.  For a long time the elder … Continue reading

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