Copán in the western portion of The Honduras was the capital city of a Major Classic Period Kingdom of The Mayan Civilization from the 5th to the 9th Centuries A.D. There are still Mayan ruins found there. Copán was occupied for more than two thousand years, from the time of the Early Pre-classic period right through to the Post-classic. The city of Copán developed a distinctive sculptural style within the tradition of the lowland Maya, perhaps to emphasize the Maya ethnicity of the city’s rulers.
This intriguing archaeological site has many structures that seem to have been built with amazing tools, just as many other ancient sites the world over. There are various legends surrounding Copán, including many stories of shamans. The word “shaman” probably originates from the Tungusic Evenki language of North Asia, specifically for the spirit-workers in these cultures.
Today, a shaman is a person described as a practitioner reaching altered states of consciousness in order to encounter and interact with the spirit world and channel these transcendental energies into this world. A shaman is often a person regarded as having access to, and influence in, the world of benevolent and malevolent spirits, who typically enters into a trance state during a ritual, and practices divination and healing.
Shamanic beliefs and practices have attracted the interest of scholars from a wide variety of disciplines, including anthropologists, archaeologists, historians, religious studies scholars, and psychologists. Hundreds of books and academic papers on the subject have been produced, with a peer-reviewed academic journal being devoted to the study of shamanisms.
In the 20th century, many westerners involved in the counter-cultural movement have created modern magico-religious practices influenced by their ideas of indigenous religions from across the world, creating what some call the Neo-shamanic movement. I am not concerned about “labels,” but I have been on a quest to learn new and exciting things, and to delve into history, religion, archaeology, and even the study of various theories, such as the ancient alien theory. There are simply too many unbelievable sites around the world, that could never have been built by the humans who roamed the Earth thousands of years ago! They just did not have the knowledge, the tools, or the technology… they must have been helped by someone or something.
How about YOU? Are you fascinated with any of these things? How about tarot cards, astrology, good luck charms, and such? Does the moon affect our lives? Does our date of birth have any influence on who we become? I am looking forward to your comments and questions.