Spells of the Cherokee Shaman are free online at cherokeeregistry.com
An actual book of sacred spells, spritual healing, love potions and death chants is now available online for people who love the mysterious. To those open to these philosophies, the book of secrets illuminates the theory and practice of Cherokee spells, chants, exercises, and rituals. embodying almost the whole of the ancient religion of the Cherokees. For others they may encourage thought and reflection on a way of life.
These formulas had been handed down orally from a remote antiquity, then written by the shamans of the tribe for their own use in the Cherokee characters invented by Sikwâ'ya. They included their shamanistic prayers and ritualistic ceremonies in order that the sacred knowledge might be preserved in a systematic manner. Many were written so long ago that the ink had almost faded from the paper by the time they were gathered in the 1800's..
It was the practice when one shaman met another whom he thought might give him some valuable information, would say to him, "Let us sit down together." This was understood by the other to mean, "Let us tell each other our secrets." It was necessary to cultivate a long memory, as none were repeated more than once for his benefit. It was considered that one who failed to remember after the first hearing was not worthy to be accounted a shaman.
Hardly a dozen lines of the writings show a trace of the influence of the white man or his religion. The manuscripts are not disjointed fragments but the revelation of a living faith by its priests and devoted adherents. They cover every subject pertaining to the daily life and thought of the Indian, including medicine, love, hunting, fishing, war, self-protection, destruction of enemies, and witchcraft.
Great care was taken to find a person who could understand and correctly translate the documents. In viewing the original collection an observer remarked of the Cherokee translator who was chosen: "The formulas are beautifully written in bold Cherokee characters, and the directions and headings are generally explicit, bearing out the universal testimony that he was a man of unusual intelligence and ability."