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DO SHAMANS HAVE MORE SEX?

DO SHAMANS HAVE MORE SEX?
(paraphrased from Robert Wright)

Shamans—some of them, at least—
were in it for the sex.

In his classic study The Law of Primitive Man,
E. Adamson Hoebel observed that, among some Eskimos,
A forceful shaman of established reputation
may denounce a member of his group
as guilty of an act repulsive to animals or spirits,
and on his own authority he may command penance. …

An apparently common atonement is for the shaman
to direct an allegedly erring woman
to have intercourse with him
(his supernatural power counteracts the effects of her sinning).

Sometimes the magic-for-sex swap was subtler.
Ojibwa shamans, one anthropologist reports,
received “minimal remuneration, working for prestige,
not pay. One symbol of religious leadership was polygyny.
Religious leaders took more than one wife.

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