- Among people who understand that human and otherthanhuman persons may have one or more souls, there is a common understanding that all or part of a soul may become detached from the person. Illnesses or bad luck may be thought to be caused by damage to a person’s soul, perhaps as a result of a breach of a taboo or a soul’s abduction by predatory spirits. In such cases, shamans may be employed for their skill as adepts at soul projection (or journeying) and thereby capable of soul retrieval.
Historical dictionary of shamanism. Graham Harvey and Robert J. Wallis. 2007.
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