For the next few weeks I will discuss shamans as they are perceived in Australian
native culture – or used to be. For my books I needed to examine the culture in depth and became fascinated by the “woman or man of high degree” as the shaman is referred to. Shamanism is the world’s oldest tradition and still alive in Australia. It involves sacred knowledge, secrets, sorcery and healing. My main character “Ma” is a lovable healer in the tradition but a trickster with a sense of humor. More about the tradition next time. Please add your thoughts.