I have told the story of the spontaneous initiation of a Samoyed Shaman. The man was described as stricken with chicken-pox. He remained unconscious for three days. Nearly lifeless, he had visions of going down to hell where he was carried to an island upon which stood the Tree of the Creator of the Earth. The Creator gave him a branch of the tree with which to make a drum. Moving on, he came to a mountain. Entering a cave, he saw a naked man, who chased him, caught him, and cut off his head. The naked man chopped up his body and boiled the bits in a kettle for three years.