Showing posts with label Miko. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Miko. Show all posts

Paganism & Wicca - Who Is A Miko?

Mikos are female shamans from Japan who practice trance, telepathy, and divination. 

  • The term may alternatively mean "witch," "priestess," or "shrine-maiden." 
  • They connect with the spirit world as well as people who have crossed over into the realm of the dead as mediums. 
  • The custom dates back to a time when women controlled shamanism. 
  • Ancient East Asian shamanism was especially associated with women.

The first mention to Japanese female shamans may be found in a Chinese chronicle from the third century CE, which recounts Himiko, the ruler of an early Japanese political union. 

  • The miko may still be found in remote regions and tiny communities. 
  • Shinto ritual has essentially overtaken her function in bigger cities.

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