Dojo Darelir, the School of Xenograg the Sorcerer


Shamanic Paraphernalia

Under the influence of Buddhism, the chaotic forces of nature, variously feared and honored by the shamanic tradition, were made to fit harmoniously into the Indian cosmological model. Old shamanic rites were adopted by the Buddhist clergy and heavily overlaid with Buddhist liturgy and symbolism. Monks adorned their temples with such archaic paraphernalia as the shaman's divination arrow, his magic mirror, and his precious pieces of fine rock crystal. They appropriated the shaman's bow and arrow and drum, and the broad, fur-trimmed hat and gown of the "black-hat sorcerer" festooned with shamanic symbols of the cosmic tree (or world mountain), sun and moon, snake-like ribbons and the divination mirror, with trimmings of bone, fur, and feathers.

Roy G. Willis, World Mythology, p. 107