In the shamanic view of Dagara people, mental illness signals “the birth of a healer.”…

In the shamanic view of Dagara people, mental illness signals “the birth of a healer.” Thus, mental disorders are spiritual emergencies, spiritual crises, and need to be regarded as such to aid the healer in being born.

What those in the West view as mental illness, the Dagara people regard as “good news from the other world.” The person going through the crisis has been chosen as a medium for a message to the community that needs to be communicated from the spirit realm. “Mental disorder, behavioral disorder of all kinds, signal the fact that two obviously incompatible energies have merged into the same field,” These disturbances result when the person does not get assistance in dealing with the presence of the energy from the spirit realm.

The Immovable Ladder, a wooden ladder in Jerusalem…

Immovable_ladder_on_ledge_over_entrance_to_Church_of_the_Holy_Sepulchre_smallThere is a wooden ladder in Jerusalem that cannot be moved due to conflicts between the Armenian and Greek Orthodox church. Called the Immovable Ladder, it has remained in the same exact location since the 18th century. The ladder is referred to as immovable due to the fact that no cleric of the six ecumenical Christian orders may move, rearrange, or alter any property without the consent of all six orders.
Some time in the first half of the 19th century, a mason has placed a ladder up against the wall of the church. No one is sure who he was, or more importantly, to which sect he belonged. The immovable ladder remains there to this date. No one dares touch it, lest they disturb the status quo, and provoke the wrath of others. The exact date when ladder was placed is not known but the first evidence of it comes from 1852.