It’s like the old shamans who are often androgynous or homosexual: Since they’re outside normal routine, they’re specialized social critics and have sensitivities that others don’t have; they’re men who see aspects of male history from a woman’s point of view. That spectrum of experience is a useful information bank of supplementary intelligence that can be of real value in community self-understanding and awareness. Anyone in that position has enough troubles fulfilling such heavy duties to the society without being hit on the head for being a fairy; he should be kissed, instead. In fact, innumerable young men ought to offer their bodies to him in order to recompense him for the suffering solitariness of his freaky prophecy-hood. And they should come up offering their bodies before I get too old to enjoy it.

FROM THE PLAYBOY INTERVIEW WITH ALLEN GINSBERG

Well, shaman is one of those weird words. It entered German, and later English, in a discredited school of anthropology we now associate with Lewis Henry Morgan, stages of development. That’s also why, e.g. the Indians in the old Westerns seem to speak Tok Pisin for no reason. Okay, that out of the way, there are also often multiple religious or ceremonial offices, some of which involve androgyny and/or refusing sex with women. An aside: In Lakota culture, sex with women is seen as draining. (And some men avoid it due to bad experiences. In the old days, curious girls were known to make trampolines out of blankets, lure a boy into the blanket, and just keep bouncing him until his belt came undone, leaving him naked and erect for the world to see. Many boys felt violated, and some never returned to women, even for sex and marriage.) We specifically avoid sex with women for certain ceremonies, and an inipi (sweat lodge) one thing men are being purified of is a woman’s touch. The men will still be wičaša (a sexually experienced or married man) rather than khoškalaka (a man who, while having experienced a voice change or ejaculation, has no sexual experience and is unmarried), but they’re now able to take part in other

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2 thoughts on “The Old Shamans

  1. I keep coming back to this. I’ve ejaculated several times and I keep thinking about my god , Freyr. I’m married and bi but my cock is rock hard thinking about him. Masculinity and renewal. He who bestows pleasure upon mortals. I’m jerking off right now and I want to share this offering, this gift. My child was conceived with a prayer to this god and what I grow and and produce is gifted to him. I edge as sacrifice and gift him this energy but I wanted you all to know that to be men is holy. We give life as much as women and should revel in this. Our cocks are sacred.

  2. Well, shaman is one of those weird words. It entered German, and later English, in a discredited school of anthropology we now associate with Lewis Henry Morgan, stages of development. That’s also why, e.g. the Indians in the old Westerns seem to speak Tok Pisin for no reason.

    Okay, that our of the way, there are also often multiple religious or ceremonial offices, some of which involve androgyny and/or refusing sex with women.

    An aside: In Lakota culture, sex with women is seen as draining. (And some men avoid it due to bad experiences. In the old days, curious girls were known to make trampolines out of blankets, lure a boy into the blanket, and just keep bouncing him until his belt came undone, leaving him naked and erect for the world to see. Many boys felt violated, and some never returned to women, even for sex and marriage.) We specifically avoid sex with women for certain ceremonies, and an inipi (sweat lodge) one thing men are being purified of is a woman’s touch. The men will still be wičaša (a sexually experienced or married man) rather than khoškalaka (a man who, while having experienced a voice change or ejaculation, has no sexual experience and is unmarried), but they’re now able to take part in other ceremonies or combat.

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