Sacred Hunting, Convict Conditioning, Rites Of Passage, Plant Medicines, Rekindling Ancient Spiritual Practices & More With Mansal Denton.

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My guest on this podcast, Mansal Denton, also known as “Little Beaver,” is the founder of Sacred Hunting, host of the Mansal Denton Podcast, and the subject of an upcoming documentary BELOW THE DROP, which explores the relationship to life and death through hunting. 

Feeling insecure in early life, Mansal chased a woman to Europe, which led him to prison. Struggling with shame and confusion of what it meant to be a man, he found his calling with the sacred art of hunting. He now desires to share this practice with more men.

Mansal Denton's indigenous name comes from a Crow Sun Dance chief. His spiritual lineage is derived from six years of mentorship from a Muskogee/Creek medicine man named Will “Star Heart.”

What is Sacred Hunting? It's a practice that's intended to lead you back to your origins. Sacred Hunting is also…

…a reminder that, for your ancestors, obtaining the food that sustains life was a spiritual act involving bloodshed.

…a reconnection to nature and the earth that gave us birth.

…an opportunity for connection and tribal brotherhood.

…a transformative encounter with death.

Mansal Denton, like the men he leads on wilderness quests, was raised in a culture alienated from its sources of nourishment and sustenance. A youthful indiscretion that led to a prison cell fundamentally altered his life’s trajectory. Here, Mansal shows the power and vitality that the hunt can bring into men’s lives in this perilous time when rites of passage are notably absent. Sacred Hunting brings the richness of his hunting experience, and that of the men whose journeys he facilitates, into inspirational focus.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

Sacred Hunting: Rekindling an Ancient Spiritual Practice by Mansal Denton

-How a stint in the clink became a rite of passage for Mansal…07:23

-Ben's preferred style of hunting and why…20:08

-When the hunt took on its sacred form for Mansal…33:51

-An insider's look at the sacred hunting experience…44:08

  • Create intentionality within one's own practice; no one-size-fits-all approach
  • Each arrow sent is a prayer for the animal being hunted
  • Fasting and abstinence prior to the hunt (around a week)
  • Create a connection with animals and nature before arrival
  • Click here to sign up for a sacred hunting experience with Mansal
  • Thank the land; ask permission of the land to be there
  • Usually 6-8 participants plus a couple of guides
  • Option to hunt with a rifle or a bow

-Why it's especially empowering that sacred hunts occur with men only…57:52

  • All the meat hunted is split evenly among the group
  • Modern men lack community and opportunity to be men

-How plant medicines can enhance the hunt…1:02:344

  • Emphasize slowing down, making it less like a job or task

-What occurs after the animal is killed…1:06:07

  • Express gratitude for the animal who's been killed
  • Tobacco
  • Extra energetic feeling felt when you take time to acknowledge the death of the animal

-And much more…

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4 thoughts on “Sacred Hunting, Convict Conditioning, Rites Of Passage, Plant Medicines, Rekindling Ancient Spiritual Practices & More With Mansal Denton.

  1. Brother, you are such a long ways off in an unexpected direction of the reasonable individual. We aren’t all podcasters who have this large number of resources. I scarcely can spending plan in your espresso over Folgers. Presently your putting down our hunting techniques. Simply recollect God made a few of us somewhat more Redneck. Gracious and we get it, you did a marathon and evaluated weight training.

  2. Brandon says:

    How much does this run?

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  3. Leeroy Dodson says:

    Bro, you are so far off the beaten path of the realistic person. We aren’t all podcasters who have all these assets. I barely can budget in your coffee over Folgers. Now your putting down our hunting methods. Just remember God made some of us a little more Redneck. Oh and we get it, you did a triathlon and tried out body building.

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