Liminal Experiences of Miyako Shamans: Reading a Shaman’s Diary
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Off-duty, however, the shaman’s charisma fades away. He tends to be socially peripheral and morally ambiguous, his life full of traumatic incidents such as illness, divorce, and poverty (ÕHASHI 1980; PETERS 1981; SAKURAI 1973; SASAKI 1984; SHARON 1976). Miyako ·ò kamkakarya,2

who are believed capable of interacting voluntarily with the gods and ancestors and utilizing their power for the sake of clients’ welfare, also show these characteristics, which TURNER (1977) calls “liminal.”