Reply To: Were myths ‘shamanic’ journeys … ?

True Owl

    Hi Dowrgi,

    An interesting question.

    I have heard that some historians think its a possibility that some of the ancient texts of Egypt, which were assumed to describe the journey of the soul after death, actually describe the out-of-body journey that the Pharaoh would take on behalf of his people when alive, which does seem quite shamanic.

    Many ancient writings were quite symbolic as well, and are not to be taken literally. For example, when Jesus met Moses & Elijah in the transfiguration story – was this a shamanic journey, especially as both Moses & Elijah had been dead for centuries. Also, Jesus took on a different & changed appearance as his face & clothes shone like the sun. Another story is his vision quest for 40 days and 40 nights in the wilderness, which comes across as shamanic in its nature, dealing with Otherworld spirits.

    I have read before where various researchers have said that Jesus trained with Druids in his missing years (between 12 – 30 years of age). Also In India, they have a legend that asserts Jesus visited them and trained with them as a guru / shaman. Who knows ?

    So, yes, your assumption is a possibility – especially if you read between the lines. Although you’ve got to be careful with interpretation sometimes.