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ERIC Number: ED346614
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Pages: 15
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Myth, Allusion, and Education.
Gray-Whiteley, Peter
This paper attempts to reconcile the notion of a planetary future with shamanism, presenting the theme that any planetary future will be severely diminished unless shamanic experiences and outcomes are considered in the understanding of education. Methodology was based on participant observation conducted at a medicine lodge at Bengal Mountain, Oklahoma. The first part discusses the link between the notion of a planetary future and shamanism as found in the work of Joseph Campbell, who asserted that myth, mystery, experience, and the sacred are the fundamental sources of education. Shamanism serves a pedagogical function "of how to live a human lifetime in any circumstances," and any meaningful myth must operate at the global level. Shamanism is a deliberate experience through which mystery can be accessed. A story from "Black Elk Speaks" is used to demonstrate that education needs to become literate in the shamanic sense--to tell stories that authenticate mystery by viewing the planet and beyond as local and sanctified. (39 references) (LMI)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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