Shamans and Sex

Presented by Stanley Krippner.

Unlike practitioners from many religious and contemplative traditions who abstain from sexual activity, many shamanic practitioners use sex as a part of their training and practice. On the other hand, sexual abstention is common before specific rituals such as the gathering of peyote buttons and various purification ceremonies. The "moon lodge" custom in some Native American tribes, though a purification, did not reflect a denigration of women's menstruation as "unclean" (as was the case in some early Western traditions), but an acknowledgement of women's power and an opportunity for them to spend time together apart from other members of their social group. Join Stanley Krippner for a look at the complex issues surrounding sex and its relationship with shamanic practices.

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