Protection
   A significant role of shamans in many indigenous communities is to provide protection from enemies of various kinds, including sorcerers, witches, predators, enemy shamans, annoyed ancestors, illnesses, and even deities. They may protect by obtaining knowledge of impending attack, by offering mediation for breaches of purity or insults to other-than-human persons, or by healing illnesses with the aid of powerful otherworld helpers. In Amazonia and elsewhere, shamans’ ability to alter their perspective, to see as another sees, can enable them to see past material forms to understand the real nature of a potential predatory or prey animal, human, or spirit. Among some Amazonian peoples, a chief role for a community’s shaman is to indulge in mild acts of predation (bloodletting) against their neighbors in order to protect them from far more aggressive assaults by cannibalistic deities. Among the San in Southern Africa, healing rituals are guarded by those who ward off the cocreative deity and ancestors who made the world a harsh place, while others seek the energy to heal.

Historical dictionary of shamanism. . 2007.

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  • protection — [ prɔtɛksjɔ̃ ] n. f. • v. 1200; bas lat. protectio 1 ♦ L action, le fait de protéger, de défendre qqn ou qqch. (contre un agresseur, un danger, etc.); le fait de se protéger ou d être protégé. ⇒ 1. aide, assistance, 1. défense, 1. garde, secours …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • protection — Protection. s. f. v. Action de proteger. La protection de Dieu. la protection du Ciel. Loüis XIII. a mis la France sous la protection particuliere de la Vierge. c est une puissante protection que la sienne. prendre la protection des opprimez.… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

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  • Protection — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Protection Álbum de Massive Attack Publicación 26 de septiembre de 1994 Grabación …   Wikipedia Español

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  • Protection — Pro*tec tion, n. [L. protectio: cf. F. protection.] 1. The act of protecting, or the state of being protected; preservation from loss, injury, or annoyance; defense; shelter; as, the weak need protection. [1913 Webster] To your protection I… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • protection — Protection, f. acut. Emparement, Defense, Tutela, Il vient de Protegere. Demeurer en la protection et sauvegarde du peuple Romain, In fide populi Romani manere. N estre sous l obeissance et protection de personne, In nullius fide esse. Recevoir… …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • protection — pro·tec·tion n 1: the act of protecting: the state of being protected entitled to constitutional protection 2 a: one that protects b: supervision or support of one having less power protection of endangered species 3: the freeing of the producers …   Law dictionary

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  • protection — (n.) late 14c., from O.Fr. protection (12c.), from L. protectionem a covering over, from protectus, pp. of protegere protect, cover in front, from pro in front + tegere to cover (see STEGOSAURUS (Cf. stegosaurus)). The O.E. word for protect was… …   Etymology dictionary

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