Birds of Prey, Birds of Wisdom: Relating to Non-Humans in Contemporary Western-Based Shamanism

Carolina Ivanescu, Nienke Groskamp
2022 Religions  
Birds of prey appear frequently in contemporary forms of shamanism. For example, Michael Harner's Core Shamanism references the 'power animal,' or the authentic self, which sometimes takes the form of a strong and benevolent eagle. However, precisely how meaning and belief concerning these birds may have been lost, challenged or (re)invented remains to be explored. In this contribution, we have used the methods and vision of netnography to explore the relationships between contemporary
more » ... ased, self-defined shamans and birds of prey: real, imagined or represented.
doi:10.3390/rel13121214 fatcat:xnvntpwnkbdh3mwrhaiax7g3h4