Shamanistic Beliefs of the Desert Dwellers
Around the world there is a vast variety of shamanistic believes and cultures .
They all share something in common. The love to the nature , mother earth and all her creations . They all believe that everything has a soul . In all these cultural traditions the plants are playing a vital role . The shamans are using the plants for medicine and shamanistic rituals . The Bedouin shamans are no exception .
The Bedouins are nomadic tribes with a centuries old traditions
The word Bedouin means “desert dweller” . These tribes live in most hostile and harsh environment that planet earth can offer . Their home is the desert . Because of that every plant is especially honored there . The shaman of the Bedouins are called Fugara , which means weak . In fact they are really physically weak . In their shamanistic tradition it is considered that a Fugara must refrain from consuming substantial meals . Their physical weakness however is compensated by their mental powers . The Fugara plays a crucial role in the everyday life of the Bedouin tribes . He is a healer and adviser , a mediator and a wise man . He is the connection between our realm and the world of the spirits .
In the Bedouin shamanistic believes there are several plant with major significance
One of these plants is Ausaj bush . Also known as a desert thorn this sacred plant is really important for the shamanistic practices of the Bedouins . They use almost all of its parts for certain brews and healing potions . It is believed that the Ausaj bush is a sacred and is protected by the spirits . It is also believed that anyone injuring the plant will suffer punishment from the spirits .
Another plant of major importance for the Bedouin’s shamanistic traditions is the Dom Acacia . This tree is considered sacred in several other cultures , including the Egyptian mythology . The tree is valued by the Bedouins because of it priceless fruits and the tick shadow it throws .
Also plant of great importance for the Fugara shamanistic rituals is the Syrian rue (Peganum harmala)
Furthermore Syrian Rue is usually used in ceremonies and for the making of healing potions , love potions and many more .Living their lives in the hostile environment of the desert the Bedouins have learned to value the plants . To honor and love them . They use their physical and mental properties for centuries . The shamanistic culture of the Bedouins has survived for thousands of years , teaching the Bedouins to honor and protect the scared plants of the desert . Maybe we can all learn from their wisdom .
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