An Old Shamanic Myth

Long ago when the world was yet young there lived the first shaman. Shaman declared his power to be boundless, but this did not go unnoticed. One day, Creator appeared before Shaman, and challenged him to rescue an entrapped soul. Creator trapped the soul inside of a bottle and placed a finger over the mouth of that bottle. Now Shaman for all his boasting was to find a way to release this soul from the bottle. Shaman paused a moment, and went into deep thought. Whatever could he do? Finally, he figured it out. He subtly took on the form of a spider whereby he crept up the bottle and, unbeknownst to Creator, bit the finger. Creator yanked the finger from the bottle yelping in pain, and thus freed the soul. In anger, Creator severely reduced Shaman’s powers and that of his descendants furthermore for the rest of time. The power could be restored through the help of another more fiery than either Creator or Shaman. Only Kudaii, Lord of the Forge, and Primordial Blacksmith of the Ages, might undo Creator’s curse upon Shaman; initiating him once more into his power through the terrifying tempering of his own soul. ♠️

Now as of old the gods give men all good things, excepting only those that are baneful and injurious and useless. These, now as of old, are not gifts of the gods: men stumble into them themselves because of their own blindness and folly. — Diogenes

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