It has been found that an excruciatingly painful ritual termed “Dance of Souls” leads to positivity and sexual harmony among the participants.
A novel study proves that extreme rituals such as walking on coals and piercing body parts are possible thanks to an altered state of consciousness in the participants.
The Dance of Souls, which is a 3.5 hour long ritual was observed very closely. The participants in the ritual have their body parts pierced (only temporarily).
Hooks and weights are attached to these piercings and they dance away to the drumbeat and music. The surprising find was that both participants and non-participants tended to show altered states of consciousness.
A total of 87 subjects were tested. Included among the mix were 47 pierced dancers and 37 non-participants, according to Psypost. The participants were made to do certain thinking tasks before and after the painful dance.
Also questionnaires were filled by these partakers in the ritual. Finally, the cortisol levels of these extreme ritual participants were measured too.
It was found that both the participants and the non-participants showed disturbed thinking patterns. However, a decrease in negative ideas not to mention stress levels was evident. Also a lot of sexual energy was released in the process.
This sexual arousal was constant from the beginning to the end of the ritual. The cortisol levels of both groups were different. The pierced participants’ cortisol levels increased before the dance.
Yet during and after the dance, they went down. However, the non-participants’ cortisol levels went down throughout the process of the strange and painful ritual.
Thus it seems to be the case that both participants and non-participants showed marked changes from the beginning till the end of the ritual dance. This was regardless of what role they were assigned.
It was not only the direct receiving of the painful piercings and the wild dancing but the vicarious seeing of all this that led to changes in the physiology and psychology of the group of people assembled for the ritual.
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Such rituals while appearing to be bizarre did have an effect on the state of consciousness of those who were there as hard-core participants or soft-core non-participants.