This text has accompanied and inspired me during my explorations this summer.
“Moreover, the shaman is a chosen one who alone is allowed access to the territories of the sacred. As Mircea Eliade knows, the decisive criterion for the shaman’s calling among all Siberian people is illness, the initiatory experience of dismemberment, ritual murder and resurrection. But the shaman is not simply a diseased person. He is above all a diseased person who is able to heal himself”.
(Translated quote from the book “Joseph Beuys” by Heiner Stachelhaus, p.95, 2016.)