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Nepalese woman accused of witchcraft and burned alive
From Manesh Shrestha, CNN
updated 11:36 AM EST, Sat February 18, 2012
A shaman accused Dhegani Mahato of casting a spell to make a relative sick
Mahato's family members set her afire in front of her daughter, police say
Police arrested 10 people, including an 8-year-old boy
Map of Nepal showing the location of the remote village of Madi where the woman was burned alive (AFP/Graphic)
Kathmandu, Nepal (CNN) -- A 40-year-old mother of two was burned alive in central Nepal after she was accused of being a witch, police said Saturday.
Dhegani Mahato was attacked and set on fire by family members and others after a shaman allegedly accused her of casting a spell to make one of her relatives sick, Police Officer Hira Mani Baral said.
The attack occurred Friday in Bagauda in Chitwan district, about 80 kilometers (50 miles) southwest of the Nepalese capital, Kathmandu, Baral said by telephone.
Police arrested 10 people, including two shamans, five women and an 8-year-old boy, in connection with the burning.
"Those arrested have confessed to their crime and will be charged with murder," Baral said.
Mahato had just finished cleaning a cowshed early in the morning when she was attacked, Baral said.
She was beaten with sticks and rocks before being doused with kerosene and set afire, an attack witnessed by her 9-year-old daughter, according to the local police report.
Neighbors told police they were alerted to the attack but by then it was too late to save her.
Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai appealed to the people not to heed to shamans and faith healers.
The government announced 1 million Nepalese rupees (about $14,000) in compensation for Mahato's two children.
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Read about the new ganja service industry, test your medical marijuana knowledge with our quiz, or see the full Mother Jones special report on the coming pot boom.
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Numerous holistic alternative medicines are now available on the NHS but if these fail it’s worth checking out the vast array of alternative cures to discover what may suit us. Reporter Amelie Boehm discovers what’s on offer at a new speed therapy centre and witnesses some miracle cures that may have been overlooked by mainstream medicine so far.Numerous holistic alternative medicines are now available on the NHS but if these fail... more
Researchers say they have located the world's oldest stash of marijuana, in a tomb in a remote part of China. The cache of cannabis is about 2,700 years old and was clearly ``cultivated for psychoactive purposes," rather than as fibre for clothing or as food, says a research paper in the Journal of Experimental Botany.
The 789 grams of dried cannabis was buried alongside a light-haired, blue-eyed Caucasian man, likely a shaman of the Gushi culture, near Turpan in northwestern China.
http://www.grabi.co.cc/index.php/novosti/off/31940-old-marijuanaResearchers say they have located the world's oldest stash of marijuana, in a... more
Excellent video series I found providing food for thought concerning food of the gods. It has little to do with Jack Herer but his death yesterday sent me on a mystical journey back to the ol phychonaut days and somehow I stumbled upon this little gem on Youtube. I know Current is not Youtube, but figured I would post it nonetheless. Maybe someone out there gets to learn something.Excellent video series I found providing food for thought concerning food of the gods.... more
Happy Groundhog's day!
Just kidding, this is the dumbest holiday on the American calendar. It is perpetrated by the Robber Barons of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, population: 6,271. Their only goal is to make money by convincing us that they can tell the future.
This is completely ludicrous! There are only two people who can tell the future, this fortune teller next to the freeway, and a shaman I met at Machu Picchu (he was visiting from Toronto.) The people of Punxsutawney try to convince the American public that they know when winter will happen, by parading around a "groundhog."
What's a "groundhog" anyway? I thought they were pork sausage patties. Turns out they are a large rodent. Some people call them woodchucks, whistle-pigs, and land-beavers. All distractions from what they really are: ANNOYING. I have proof...
Why would such a stupid-idiot-jerky-moron, be able to know whether or not winter was over? Did this groundhog study meteorology? Has he a degree in atmospheric science? I trust scientists, not some mystical ground squirrel.
I'm believe that Punxsutawney Phil is literally a puppet of the town's residents. He commits the community's sins, because he is a marionette. They use weather charts to figure out if winter is six weeks away, then they make it seem like a rodent is talking, when in fact it's a deceitful Punxsutawney resident.
I think this conspiracy is far reaching. Isn't it interesting that an actor in the film Groundhog's Day, was also in the only other movie to star a marmot?
I believe that Bill Murray brought the fake gopher from Caddy Shack, to Punxsutawney so they could use it to fool the masses for years to come. The townspeople benefit from a correct answer from the faux-pher, because he brings the community a steady income.
This year the town is exploiting phone bills by asking people to text 'Groundhog' to 247365. They'll supposedly "get a text from Punxsutawney Phil."
Really? A groundhog that can send text messages? This is so fake.
Despite the criminal mastery that goes into this it's actually pretty irrelevant for me. I don't know about seasons, I'm from California. I surf to school, and rollerblade with celebrities. I'm not familiar with this "Winter" you keep talking about. All I know is that some days it's a little too cold for shorts, in the morning.
If we don't stop Punxsutawney, they'll take over the world. You can quote me on that.
I felt bad about dissing your favorite holiday, so I made you an e-card.
More on groundhogs:
John Lichman and Current Movies are watching Groundhog's Day.
Urlesque is also celebrating the marmots.
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Comedy about the paranormal and the mystical is rare. And important. These people take themselves pretty seriously at times...roslynfleischer.com/blog Comedy about the paranormal and the mystical is rare. And... more
This month on video you will see the Shaman Strings duo of Scot Aaron chanting original Shaman sounds, Govinda Schiegel, performing classical Sitar strings from India and the Far East, and the classically trained voice of Beatrice Berger for supporting vocals on certain numbers. The United Kingdom's soulful R&B, break beat, hip-hop style songstress Bukola has a new digital single out titled, Make Your Move, also the title of the music video you will see that is based on the single, available on iTunes. Toronto based music producers, Padded Cell Productions, specialize in trance, electronica, ambient music, and now have an art film mystery thriller. In Jane Doe, played by Veronika London (Body Language, HBO series "Lingerie") a young prostitute and heroin addict is found by paramedics laying on the street, the victim of a violent altercation which leaves her with a severe head injury, and stricken by amnesia.This month on video you will see the Shaman Strings duo of Scot Aaron chanting... more
Shaman Strings performs a nonwestern style that draws on ancient Raga traditions of India, chants in Asia, Native American chanting, modern, classical, and global spirituality, and spoken word. spoken word. Scot Aron is the Shaman, and Govinda Schlegel, a Shivite Hindu, plays the Sitar and traditional stringed instruments from the Far East. Beatrice Berger is a classically trained, professional singer that will occasionally contribute supporting vocals.The group is based in Trier, one of the oldest cities of Germany, once home to Constantine, and birthplace of Karl Marx. Most performances captured to video have been recorded live.Shaman Strings performs a nonwestern style that draws on ancient Raga traditions of... more
Before Sacramento became Sacramento, the Nisenan Tribe revered trans-people. Here is an essay on their point of view and their perspective on gender and its fluidity.
http://www.examiner.com/x-38184-Sacramento-Transgender-Issues-Examiner~y2010m2d17-A-Nisenan-perspective-on-genderBefore Sacramento became Sacramento, the Nisenan Tribe revered trans-people. Here is... more
Before Sacramento became Sacramento, the Nisenan Tribes revered and accepted trans-people. Here is an essay on their point of view and the role of the shaman.
http://www.examiner.com/x-38184-Sacramento-Transgender-Issues-Examiner~y2010m2d8-Shamanistic-practices-of-Sacramentos-pastBefore Sacramento became Sacramento, the Nisenan Tribes revered and accepted... more
This short film explores the powerful healing aspects of Ayahuasca - the sacred spirit medicine found throughout the Amazonian basin of South America. Ayahuasca has been used by indigenous shamans for thousands of years to heal everything from depression to cancer to chemical addictions. After premiering at the Elevate Film Festival in LA, De Vine makes its television debut on Current TV. Directed by Ciela Wynter and Chris Brickler.This short film explores the powerful healing aspects of Ayahuasca - the sacred spirit... more
This is one my original songs and short films. I have been filming Beale Street and Memphis as a videodocumentarian for over twenty years.
Even filmed in 1996 Al and TipperGore, as well as Bill and Hillary Clinton at voting rally.
I have over 150 short films at http://www.youtube.com/memphisbeale007This is one my original songs and short films. I have been filming Beale Street and... more
This episode features a conversation with shaman Sarah Hawley about the Munay-Ki rites of passage and the homo luminous being.
Seek Heal Keep: A Wonderer's Journey
The Seekers, Healers, & Keepers: Modern-day Wisdomseekers, Spirithealers, and Earthkeepers represent ancient archetypes that we must not let pass away. They are farmers, activists, musicians, healers, monks, metaphysicists, shamans, artisans, elders, and scholars whose profound inner gifts are offered to the world simply by their presence. Those offerings transcend time and space, flowing from the core of their beings through the power of their selfless service and their generous intentions.
The Journey: Beginning in August, we will travel across the lower 48 to meet these people who are reaching for and working toward a connection with something larger than themselves. We will spend time in satsang with them, learning about their work, their truth, their sacrifice, their journey. The stories and teachings will be documented in writing (as a blog) and on video (as a web series) so that all wonderers, worshippers, and lovers of leaving can come along on this caravan of discovery.This episode features a conversation with shaman Sarah Hawley about the Munay-Ki rites... more
We use the terms ‘animal spirit guides’ and ‘animal totems’ interchangeably here, as we refer to either physical or spiritual manifestations from a general or individualized viewpoint. Our personal preference is to use the term ‘animal spirit guide’ as it more closely describes an American Indian practice and the latter is often connected with Eastern European shamanism.
Finding your Spirit Guide:
You do not choose an animal guide as your personal spirit guide. The animal chooses you and they decide to whom they will reveal themselves and make their friend. Do not fall into the trap of saying, “Gosh, I think the wolf is a smart, good looking and powerful animal, so the wolf will become my animal guide.” It does not work this way.
Each Animal has its own Medicine which is unique to that specific creature as gifted by the Great Mystery and its spirit cannot be chosen like the color of your new car. Discovering who your animal guides are is a process of paying attention to the spirits around you and following the signs. It is a process of developing your inner knowledge and spiritual understanding.
An individual can not be assigned a spirit guide by another person, regardless of who that person maybe, no more than another person can say how or when the Great Mystery of Life will be known to you.
What happens if you want an animal spirit so bad you can taste it (not literally) and one has not come to you? We have two suggestions for this case. First, pray about it. Second, be satisfied with whatever happens or does not happen. It if comes, then it comes. If it does not, then it does not. End of question.
THE POWER OF ANIMAL SPIRITS
The natural power of animal spirit guides has not been lost. The knowledge and power of animal guides is alive and can be effectively used to improve our lives and all creation. American Indians call the process of connecting with animal guides and other parts of creation as being ‘One with Nature.’
Connecting with your animal guide will make you a better person. You will be healthier physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. You will see the world and all things in it with more clarity and understanding.
Animals are wondrous happy creatures. There is no doubt that animals have beautiful, balanced emotions. They love and defend one another. They feel sorrow and melancholy. Yet, there has never been a war between animal species. They know nothing about greed, envy, and hate. They live their entire lives without sin.
They have many amazing powers and use those powers only to benefit their kind and not to overcome their opponents. There is a reason why the Creator put all of us together on the same planet. A part of that reason is to learn from one another.
Animals are here to teach humans. They have many powerful lessons to give. They remind us that we are only a small part of creation; that each part of creation has a place; that each creature has its own skill and wisdom.
(cont)We use the terms ‘animal spirit guides’ and ‘animal totems’... more
LONDON (Nov. 3) - An ancient grave unearthed in modern-day Israel containing 50 tortoise shells, a human foot and body parts from numerous animals is likely one of the earliest known shaman burial sites, researchers said on Monday.
The 12,000-year-old grave dates back to the Natufian people who were the first society to adopt a sedentary lifestyle, Hebrew University of Jerusalem researcher Leore Grosman and colleagues said.
"The interment rituals and the method used to construct and seal the grave suggest this is the burial of an ancient shaman, one of the earliest known from the archaeological record," they wrote in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Shamans play an important role in many cultures, mediating between the human and spiritual worlds and acting as messengers, healers, magicians to serve the community, the researchers said.
The Israeli team found the bones in a small cave in the lower Galilee region of present-day Israel that was a Natufian burial ground for a least 28 people.
At the time of burial, more than 10 large stones were placed directly on the head, pelvis, and arms of the elderly woman whose body was laid on its side. The legs were spread apart and folded inward at the knee.
The special treatment of the body and use of stones to keep it in a certain position suggests the woman held a unique position in the community, likely some sort of a shaman, the researchers said.LONDON (Nov. 3) - An ancient grave unearthed in modern-day Israel containing 50... more
The graves of people who died 12,000 ago rarely contain a woman’s skeleton pinned down in an unusual position by large stones, accompanied by a menagerie of animal remains and another person’s foot. Yet that’s what archaeologist Leore Grosman of Hebrew University of Jerusalem and her coworkers recently discovered in a small Israeli cave called Hilazon Tachtit.
Closer analysis shows that this grave holds a shaman, one of the earliest ever excavated, the researchers report in an upcoming Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Continued....The graves of people who died 12,000 ago rarely contain a woman’s skeleton... more