A Quick Word About Ritual Safety

Jason Pitzl-Waters —  July 13, 2010 — 1 Comment

Often those on the road to spiritual enlightenment and wisdom will undertake peak experiences of various natures to further them on their respective paths. When done properly, and safely, they can offer new perspectives and insights that can change the participants lives. When done improperly, injury and death can occur. The Moscow News provides another cautionary tale from a man looking to reenact an ancient Slavic burial ritual.

“Planning to recreate an ancient Slavonic ritual, the deceased took a hosepipe with him for the underground vigil and believed he would be perfectly safe and able to breathe freely until he was released half an hour later … Unfortunately, Interfax reported, this historical re-enactment was destined to end in tragedy when the weight of the soil above him crushed the victim’s neck, chest and abdomen, leading to asphyxiation.”

So remember, don’t count on Fortuna to always be with you when attempting a dangerous rite of passage or ritual. There’s a reason India has banned the practice of live burial, and why most modern variations of live burial rituals come with several safeguards against suffocation.

Many of our revered wise men and women from history have undergone tests of their endurance and faith, events that could have killed them. But what history doesn’t speak of are the thousands more who attempt their feats and never survive to pass on the wisdom gained from the experience. So be wise, remember that redundancy and safety go hand-in-hand, and also remember that many of the most significant spiritual/religious breakthroughs come when one is merely sitting.

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Jason Pitzl-Waters


  • The L

    Darn! I need more blowtorches, then.