Host Christina Pratt Talks About "Ethics and the First Shaman" on December 21 "Why Shamanism Now?"

On her radio show "Why Shamanism Now? A Practical Path to Authenticity,” teacher, author, and founder of the Last Mask Center for Shamanic Healing Christina Pratt talks about the First Shaman who brought knowledge, skills and teachings from the Creator, and the ethical standards that are the foundation of all shamanic practice.

Portland, OR, December 18, 2010 --( Streaming live on the Co-Creator Radio Network ( on Tuesday, December 21, at 11 a.m. Pacific time/2 p.m. Eastern time, on her show "Why Shamanism Now?: A Practical Path to Authenticity,” shaman and founder of the Last Mask Center for Shamanic Healing Christina Pratt tells listeners, “The ethics of shamanic practice were brought by the First Shaman who was of divine origins and not entirely human. The First Shaman brought knowledge and the skills across that broken bridge between the Creator to the humans in each shamanic lineage.” According to Pratt, the First Shaman brings the teachings necessary for survival in all aspects of daily life, both ordinary and non-ordinary. The First Shaman brought the teachings for how to live in good relationship with oneself, with each other, with the Ancestors and the beings of the spirit world, and with the physical environment. Cultures, traditions, and civilizations were all built on the knowledge brought by the First Shaman.

In this episode of “Why Shamanism Now?” titled “Ethics and the First Shaman,” Pratt explains that the First Shaman taught the next shaman, a human shaman, how to work with the spirits, conduct ritual and ceremony and to serve the people -- this is important for contemporary shamans to realize. Each shaman, though human, has endeavored to walk the path of that First god-like shaman. From this effort comes the morals and the ethics of the practice, and to this day, the continual need for personal sacrifice, cleansing, and ongoing transformation to stay on that path.

Christina Pratt is an authentic, non-traditional contemporary shaman. In practice since 1990, she specializes in mending the soul and transforming the parts of life that feel impossible. A teacher of exceptional clarity, humor, and inspiration, Pratt brings the power of shamanism into the practical grasp of anyone willing to take responsibility for improving the quality of their life. Her well-received book, An Encyclopedia of Shamanism (Rosen), is an 800-page, two-volume set with over 750 in-depth entries that clearly discuss the basic concepts of shamanism, methods, and traditions of over 50 different shamanic peoples. Pratt is the founder of the Last Mask Center for Shamanic Healing in Portland, OR, and New York, NY, creator of the original Foundations of Shamanism and Shamanic Healing course at the University of Minnesota, and a frequent and honored speaker for the American Holistic Medical Association.

"Why Shamanism Now?", a live internet talk radio with host Christina Pratt, airs Tuesdays at 11 a.m. Pacific time/2 p.m. Eastern time Listeners can ask questions by calling (512) 772-1938 or via Skype. Prior episodes from "Why Shamanism Now" can be downloaded for free from the iTunes library ( Pratt also talks about Shamanic Healing on You Tube (

For more information on Christina Pratt, the Last Mask Center for Shamanic Healing, and workshops and classes with Pratt, or to order An Encyclopedia of Shamanism at a special discounted rate, visit Upcoming events with Pratt include Solstice Celebrations in Portland, OR. For additional information or to arrange an interview with Pratt, please contact Linda Woznicki, 845-417-8811,

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