QUOTE(scoobs @ Mar 14 2010, 12:56 PM)
Thanks for recommending mircea Eliade's book on Shamanism. I am still on the hunt for it but have found a few others to occupy my time, Shamanism an encyclopedia has quite a few references to Eliade and others and seems to be quite comprehensive. I have also found some documentaries on ayahuasca that have been illuminating.
There does appear to be quite a few parallels between my experience and that of other tribes shamanic initiations and even secret society occult initiations. But there are also some discrepancies as well. Much for me to learn and to experiment with.
I do have a question related to a warning I read about offending the spirits.
What are some of the offenses against the spirit world?
Pertaining to your question, I think again it depends on the cultural backdrop the spirits represent. As an example if you were working with the haitian voodou eshus you would follow a set of barter/payment sort of bargening to gain results, now these same rules would not apply to say the early-english demons or even the created spirits of the cuthulu mythos. It is not for me to say how or why culture directly influences the spirit's taboos, whether culture creates spirits, specific spirits manefest for various cultures or any variation therein; all I know is if you want to contact a specific spirit of any nature, it's best to have done the reasearch on the spirits' culture.
As a side note the history channel had a video on psychedelics, don't quote me on this but I think it was called Peyote to LSD: a psychedelic expierence (not sure because I'm on my phone right now). In any case, the doccumentary had Wade Davis in it (author of The Serpent and the Rainbow) and a bit more information on various hallucinogens.