1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 4-7 sentences on your LJ along with these instructions.
5. Don't you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest (unless it's too troublesome to reach and is really heavy. Then go back to step 1).
"Although the word 'shaman' is derived from the Tungus language of Siberian Russia, the practice of shamanism extends far across the globe. Separate disciplines can be classified as Turkic, Mongolian, Manchu-Tunguz, Korean, Japanese, Finno-Ugrian, American-Indian, Celtic and African, all of which are modeled on the same basic principals.
"Now perceived as something of a witchdoctor, the shaman enjoyed a role in ancient society as a healer and counsellor, and was in many ways a kind of primitive psychotherapist. People would consult the shaman to be healed of their phyisical, mental, or emotional ailments, or to discover secrets from the future or the past. The shaman was able to perform these roles by acting as a psychic bridge between this world and the next."
From Greatest Mysteries Of The Unexplained by Lucy Doncaster and Andrew Holland. Looking for inspiration for new stories. And I've always found this stuff interesting anyway.