Shamanism -


Shamanism is a practice where a practitioner reaches altered states of consciousness. Supposedly, the shaman perceives and interacts with a spirit world, and channels these energies into this world.[1]

A shaman is a person regarded as having access to, and influence in, the world of good and bad spirits. They usually enter into a trance state during a ritual, and do divination and healing.[2] To become a shaman, a person has to have had a near death experience (a "shamanic illness").[3]

The name "shaman" comes from the Evenki people in Siberia.[3]

Shamans play a central role in these movements, as they can be in both worlds, this one, and the world of spirits.


Shamanism is different from animism.



  1. Hoppál, Mihály 2007. Is shamanism a folk religion?. Shamans and Traditions, vol 13. Bibliotheca Shamanistica. Budapest: Akadémiai Kiadó. ISBN 978-963-05-8521-7
  2. Oxford Dictionary Online .
  3. 3.0 3.1 Stern, David. "Shamans: Masters of Ecstasy" . National Geographic. Retrieved 25 February 2016.

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