Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Was the Buddha a Shaman?

 I came across this article that contemplates whether Siddartha Guatama, "the Buddha," was a shamanic figure.

In the sense that he supposedly achieved altered psychic states & then brought back a message or wisdom for other people, he could probably be considered a shaman.

Besides exploring this specific connection, the article gives fairly detailed historical information about shamanism, Buddhism, and the use of psychoactive techniques in these traditions.

In an earlier post, I talked about the connection between the figure of the Buddha to that of Jesus Christ:

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