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Did everyone get popcorn and use the bathroom during intermission?  Good, because it's time to resume the now very inappropriately named 60 Teen Wolfs in 60 Days!


s302 ep1: Anchors )
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I almost made it to the halfway mark without missing a day!!!  I was just so wiped out last night that I fell asleep at 9ish, and since I've gotten into the bad habit of beating the clock to midnight on my posts (I started out watching & writing at night, then posting them in the morning) -- yeah, that happened.  Anyway, I've learned nothing!  And a new 60 Teen Wolfs in 60 Days Or So will be up tonight!

Meanwhile, here's a funny thing!  I just finished up a book called The Great Divide: Nature and Human Nature in the Old World and the New, because I'm a massive ancient history nerd and I do that sort of thing.  And look what I found on page 432:

The phenomenon of the "dark shaman," or kanaima, has recently been identified, in which the object is to create an atmosphere of terror and control in rural communities, the maleficent shaman transforming himself into a jaguar or other animals "for the purpose of implementing assault sorcery in order to punish and destroy an enemy."  The dark shamans were believed to influence bad weather -- thunder, lightning, wind, floods, droughts, earthquakes -- which could cause illness.  They also poisoned (and in some remote rural areas of Guyana still poison) their prey in a way designed to provoke anxiety and terror, the coup de grace being an attack on the victim from behind, the victim identified as a maleficent force, in which a sharp forked stick was thrust into the anus of the target, then forcibly withdrawn, bringing with it a section of the rectum and severing it "so as to produce a painful, wasting death."  The episode was not complete until the dark shaman had visited the grave of the maleficent target and tasted a sample of the decaying corpse, "by means of which he destroys the victim's soul."  In many societies, jaguar-shamans were regarded as a major source of illness and, in return, if they could be captured they were themselves decapitated.  Decapitation itself often played an important part in the defeat of maleficence, though it could also be associated with fertility and cosmogenesis.

So there you go!  Obviously some creative liberties had to be taken -- rectal trauma, cannibalism, and decapitation of minors is the kind of shit that doesn't fly on basic cable -- but meet the kanaima!  (Quoted bits are footnoted to a book called Blood and Beauty: Organized Violence in the Art and Archaeology of Mesoamerica and Central America, btw.)


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