Re: virus: shamanism (Was FW: JCS: Three and a half years of JC

Tim Rhodes (
Wed, 13 Aug 1997 10:27:25 -0700 (PDT)

On Wed, 13 Aug 1997, Wade T.Smith wrote:

> Wasn't there some correlation found between shamans and epileptics?
> Ultimately, the fugue state today could be the brain seizure tomorrow....

I believe this has been attributed to the fact that unusual and repeated
early childhood illnesses (epilepsy, for instance) are seen as "markers"
for a potential Shaman. And as such they are /selected/ out of the society
and groomed for that position at an early age.

-Prof. Tim