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Saturday, 4 February 2012

The Pomo and Menomini shamans...imitate bird songs.

  During seances among the Yakut, the Yukagir, the Chukchee, the Goldi, the Eskimo, and others, wild animal cries and bird calls are heard...

Many words used during the seance have their origin in the cries of birds and other animals.  "Magic" and "song"- especially song like that of birds- are frequently expressed by the same term.

- Mircea Elaide

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