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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.

Beliefs


Shamanism is different from animism.

Films


References


  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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