Horns at High Altitudes
He was a scholar and a lecturer and one lecture he gave once a year always motivated [him] to teach another year. He had traveled extensively and studied abroad as a young man. He met a woman when doing so and she had told him a story, among many. She was older but not too much. They were not romantically involved if that is what you are thinking, no. The relationship was more of mentor and student for lack of a better term.
She had seen several studies of the shamanic culture and in her travels there were many stories that she did not include in her books or articles. This one was told to her by a shaman that concerned fire. It went, “A bird shaped gorge found in the human skull has its entrance in one of the veins leading up to the central nervous system. It was swallowed at birth by the young woman. Her birth was in a cave so the shaman believed she had a vision emanating from the ocular nerve. When the young child began having what looked like something crawling around in her throat the shaman was called. He lit a branch and waved it in front of the child’s head. He had the mother open the child’s mouth but he didn’t see anything there. When he waved the limb to the child’s eyes he saw her eyes bulge then go back to normal.”
He would stop here in his lecture to let this part sink in. Usually, there would be many questions. Was this true? He had spent ten minutes at the outset explaining what a shaman was but still there were questions. He would continue after a short while.
“The eyes had bulged out then gone back to their normal setting. Shocked, the shaman waved the limb again before her eyes and the eyes bulged quicker then reset again but this time the child’s cheeks began to bulge down to her mouth. The shaman stepped back and asked the mother to open her mouth who by this time had begun to cry uncontrollably and started chanting. What had been inside the young child was indeed a small bird.”
When the classroom heard this, they began to shift in their chairs and began to chuckle. He admonished them and informed them of the many documented instances where shamans have performed rites unproducible by western medicine. At this time, he would usually release a small bird into the classroom from a cage he had inside of his lectern.