I didn't understand what you meant by Some of your notions appear to carry the burden of humankind's ideas As for my comment I do know that the two have different enough beliefs for anyone who takes them seriously to eventually have to make a choice between them I didn't make myself clear. I meant that spiritualism and shamanism are different enough for people who take them seriously to have to decide between practicing one or the other. So, are the "earthbound" literally earth-bound? In that they remain here? I've found that, while some are still here (would you call these 'ghosts'?) many souls are stuck between here and the Land of the Dead, in the area that is full of fog. What do rescuers do? Do they take the souls to the Land of the Dead, or do they send them? And thanks for your time and patience.