Paper 90: Shamanism–Medicine Men and Priests/ /Melchizedek

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Matthew Block suggests that the following authors were influential in writing of this Paper and has prepared a parallel chart:

William Graham Sumner and Albert Galloway Keller, The Science of Society, Volume II (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1927) Wikipedia page: SumnerWikipedia page: Keller.

William Graham Sumner, Albert Galloway Keller, and Maurice Rea Davie, The Science of Society, Volume IV (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1927)

Lewis Browne, This Believing World: A Simple Account of the Great Religions of Mankind (New York: The Macmillan Company, 1926) Wikipedia page.

E. Washburn Hopkins, Ph.D., LL.D., Origin and Evolution of Religion (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1923) Wikipedia page.


p2Urantia etymology by Chris Halvorson: “specific: Urantia = (y)our heavenly place (i.e., in the cosmos)” “-tia = noun-forming suffix < -t- of L. past participle stem + -ia (cf., -tion and -ion)” “U.B.: “-tia” is indicative of impersonal, while “-ia” is more personal”

Section 1: The First Shamans–The Medicine Men

p2abnormal, idiot See SubTopical Study: “Where the Alpheus twins subnormal?

p4: From the Louvre in France. These are in the Roman gallery:



p2: abnormal is used six times: (52:2.11,12), (84:4.5), (85:6.2), (90:1.2), (100:5.9).

Section 2: Shamanistic Practices

p9Tenskwatawa is the standard transliteration for the Shawnee prophet’s name; the spelling in the first edition may have been caused by a mistaken keystroke or may have been the result of an error in reading the original manuscript. (Regarding the latter possibility, the note for 195:3.10 is worth considering: “Poutaenus taught Clement and then went on to follow Nathaniel…: The correct spelling of this name is Pantaenus; Dr. Sadler, in a March 17, 1959 letter  to the Reverend Benjamin Adams of San Francisco, suggested the possible source of the error: “I think the spelling of the name of the teacher in Alexandria is undoubtedly an error in transcribing the manuscript into typewriting. An “an” was undoubtedly transcribed as an “ou”. I remember when we were sometimes in doubt as to whether a letter was an “n” or a “u” in the manuscript. Of course, we who were preparing this matter, did not know the name of this teacher so could have easily made this mistake.”)

Original printing reads, “the Shawnee Teuskwatawa, who predicted the eclipse of the sun in 1808 and denounced the vices of the white man.” SRT reads, “the Shawnee Tenskwatawa, who predicted the eclipse of the sun in 1806 and denounced the vices of the white man.” Explanation, “The date in the text here has been changed because the incident actually occurred in 1806. Since nothing in the text is dependent on, or linked to, the original 1808 date, and since the change from the incorrect to the correct date is just one digit/keystroke, this is technically identical to a number of other corrected items.”

This issue is referenced on the Wikipedia page for The Urantia Book, under the heading Criticism of its science, as evidence of something other than a typo graphical error: “The book erroneously says that a solar eclipse was predicted in 1808 by the Native American prophet Tenskwatawa. The eclipse actually was predicted in late April 1806 and occurred on June 16, 1806. In 2009, Urantia Foundation acknowledged the error and revised the book.” Taking the attitude that the error is something more than a typo reflects the influence of Martin Gardner’s book Urantia: The Great Cult Mystery on Wikipedia’s editorial process.

With the help of a few other Urantia Book readers, your editor put together some quotes on the “signs of the times” and their possible relationship to the two eclipses we have crisscrossing the US over the next seven years on Aug. 21st, 2017 (Jesus birthday) and April 8, 2024 (the day between crucifixion and resurrection).

The research above have also been considered in connection to a document that has become known as the “Unity Treatise.”


p5signs (87:5.14), (144:7.2), (145:5.6), (146:6.1), (150:3.12), (170:2.10). See also discern the signs of the times  (157:2.1), (176:2.6).

Section 3: The Shamanic Theory of Disease and Death


Section 4: Medicine Under the Shamans


Section 5: Priests and Rituals

p6: common people See subtopic: “Were the Alpheus twins subnormal?” For the larger context into which this study falls, see the Topical Study page: Eugenics and Race.

p9Melchizedek etymology by Chris Halvorson: “Heb., the king (malki) of righteousness (tsedheq) = U.B., the primary righteous expression (of a local universe descending Son)”

Nebadon etymology by Chris Halvorson: “the first (a) nebular (neb-) upland (don) (The local universe level is the local upland relative to the lowlands where mortals begin their ascension careers in the Milky Way spiral nebula.).” “don < O.E., dun = n., down = upland”


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