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    Shamanism (an overview)

    Post by LadyeFalcon on Wed Sep 29, 2010 2:08 am

    The word shaman comes to English from the Tungus language via Russian. Among the Tungus of Siberia it is both a noun and a verb.While the Tungus have no word for shamanism, it has come into usage by anthropologists, historians of religion and others in contemporary society to designate the experience and the practices of the shaman. Its usage has grown to include similar experiences and practices in cultures outside of the original Ural-Altaic cultures from which the term shaman originated. Shamanism is classified by anthropologists as an “archaic magico-religious phenomenon in which the shaman is the great master of ecstasy.”

    The word in Siberia eventually came to be applied to all medicine men and women of indigenous cultures whose practice includes the flight of the soul. Anthropologist studying indigenous cultures throughout the world, began to find that for different cultures, there were similarities in the way the medicine men and women worked with healing and connecting to the spiritual aspect of people and the world. While there were differences specific to culture, removing the cultural reference revealed a core system of practice. The core practices are called core-Shamanism. Shamanism is the practice of these core techniques, either for healing or to gain spiritual knowledge. Shamanism is sometime studied with the cultural reference, sometimes without, but the essential nature of the shamanic practice does not change, nor has it changed since ancient times. It has adapted to fit the times or the culture, but its essential core has been the same. Shamanism is not a religion, not unless you want to make it into one. It has been and is being practiced by peoples of many religions, from Christianity, to Judaism, to Hinduism. You will find shamanic practitioners of every faith.

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