Maenads were female worshipers of Dionysus. Their Roman husbands allowed them out for a "lady's night" once a year in reverence of their sacred god of trance. The stripped off their clothes, ran wild through the fields, slaughtered and ate animals with their bare hands, bathed in the blood and wine and made sweet orgiastic sacrifices to their God.
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The shaman knows the drama of the human soul, its instability, its precariousness ... the forces that threaten it and the regions to which it can be carried away. If shamanic cure involves ecstasy, it is because illness is regarded as *a corruption or alienation of the soul.* ~Mircea Eliade
"Shamanism is not a religion. It's a method. And when this method is practiced with humility, reverence and self-discipline, the shaman's path can become a way of life." - Hank Wesselman http://theshiftnetwork.com/?utm_source=pinterest&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=quote
The Woman in the Shaman's Body: Reclaiming the Feminine in Religion And Medicine (Paperback)