Along with my earlier entries on Jewish shamans of the Talmudic era,Choni the Circle Drawer: Rainmaker and Rip Van Win...Chanina Ben Dosa: Jewish ShamanAkiba: Mystic and Miracle-WorkerLamed Vavniks: The thirty-six righteous who sustai...Rav Aha ben Jacob: Dragon Slayer, The Jewish Beowu...Joshua ben Levi: Esoteric Master, Cosmic Jester
I must add Rabbi Abbahu. This Talmudic Sage (ca. 3rd-4th century) was a man of exceptional physical perfection, rivaling that of Jacob and Adam (B.M. 84a). When he sat and interpreted Torah, supernal fire would flash around him (S of S R. 1:10). He experienced clairvoyant dreams (T.Y., Taanit 1:4, 64b). He once escorted Elijah to Eden, where he gathered healing leaves, wrapping them in his cloak. Afterward he discovered his cloak had such a heavenly scent that he could sell it for a great price (B.M. 114a-b). An avid collector of lore both legal and legendary, he preserved stories of how angels intervened in the lives of biblical figures (PdRE 16, 43). He was given a glimpse of his reward in the Olam ha-Ba (the World to Come) before he died, which appeared to him as thirteen rivers of soothing balm (T.Y., A.Z. 3:1). When he did die, the building pillars in his home town, Caesarea, voiced their mourning (Mo'ed Katan 25b; T.Y. A.Z. 3:1, 42c).