There is looser definition of shamanism in Estonia, a largely paganistic Baltic republic next to Finland, which ascribes focal points in nature as holy, and meditation in these locations, and other chosen spots in nature, as almost of a shamanistic quality. This is most relevant to haiku poets while composing.
The trance state shamans enter is described by the scientific community as the Theta State. If a person is exposed to certain rhythms, especial when also involved in movement, they will normally enter this Theta State. This is why shamans use drums, and the beating of the drum is the usual way a shaman enters a trance, standing and dancing.
shaman drop to ground
like the spring cherry blossoms
when faced with stunlock
I have problems with this haiku. Firstly, in the determination to stick to a formulaistic 5-7-5 structure, the writer may have lost some clarity. It seems so to me. Secondly, the terminology used is oblique and jargonised, which again limits understanding.
One from Bjorn now, our colleague at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, that says more at second glance - do we gain status of healer because we help, or do we help because of our role? Bjorn says the former.
strength is given
only to the helpful hands
-a shaman's song
One just recently spotted on the Meadows prompt by Carol Campbell. Alright, admittedly she mentions a shaman, which lends more sway, but this really is a shaman haiku. I included this haiku for its vision and originality, and it does fulfill the shaman haiku form. A vista or field of remedies ensures he sees the meadows in a different way to us.
cornucopia of remedies
pleasing the eyes
© Carol Campbell
And how would a Carpe Diem post look without Chèvrefeuille? Not very good. Here is a cascading haiku from the Masutā.
watching the deep blue night sky -
feeling my spirit
feeling my spirit
wishing to be free forever
like an eagle
free and high in the blue sky
my Inner Path
The theme and concept of the deep blue sky, is one mirrored in a famous French film, Le Grand Bleu, a story about a desire to plunge ever deeper into the deep blue sea, physically, instead of through meditation.