Kung San! - Kyle Emerson 10788220 The Spiritual world is a...

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Kyle Emerson 10788220 The Spiritual world is a part of all aspects of the !Kung San’s life. According to them, the spiritual world determines health, death, as well as their supply of food and water. Their religion is one of a Shamanistic Cosmology, a balance of a spirit world of nature and their own community. Whenever a !Kung San is burdened with misfortune, death, or even sickness; they believe it is the Gauwasi who shoot tiny arrows full of poison at them. They believe in a lesser god who is called Gauwa and a higher named Gauwasi who is the spirit of the dead. The !Kung San perform many different rituals that are directly connected with the supernatural. Dancing is a ritual used for various reasons such as bringing luck to the hunt, bringing rain, curing sickness, and for religious ceremonies. Another ritual performed is the “trance dance”. It is a dance that focuses on harnessing energy from the Eland or other animals. The rhythmic singing and dancing produces an altered state of consciousness in which the shaman experiences profound
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course ANTHROPOLO 102 taught by Professor ? during the Fall '07 term at Washington State University .

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