The word 'shaman' comes from the Tungus language in Siberia. The term refers to the spiritual leaders of certain societies, usually small-scale societies without centralized political organizations and occupational specialization. The shaman's primary function is to serve as an intermediary between his or her community and the spirit world. He has direct contact with the spirit world through trance states, uses the trance state for healing, bewitching and divining for his people, and uses his connections to spirits to achieve good or evil goals. Because of this perceived power, he is often the most feared person in the society. The techniques used in shamanic religions have been adopted by individuals and groups of non-shamanic societies seeking access to the spirit world. Shamanism Religion and Spirituality Society.
The word "shaman" probably originates from the Tungusic Evenki language of North Asia. According to ethnolinguist Juha Janhunen, "the word is attested in all of the Tungusic idioms" such as Negidal, Lamut, Udehe/Orochi, Nanai, Ilcha, Orok, Manchu and Ulcha, and "nothing seems to contradict the assumption that the meaning 'shaman' also derives from Proto-Tungusic" and may have roots that extend back in time at least two millennia. (wikipedia)
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- Wikipedia: Shamanism is a practice that involves a practitioner reaching altered states of consciousness in order to perceive and interact with a spirit world and channel these transcendental energies into this world.
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- Folk magic - In religious studies and folkloristics, folk religion, popular religion, or vernacular religion comprises various forms and expressions of religion that are distinct from the official doctrines and practices of organized religion. The precise definition of folk religion varies among scholars.
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- A Shamanic Ecstasy www
A general overview of shamanism plus newsgroup FAQs. Ecstasy. Includes information on ayahuasca and other shamanic hallucinogens. Shamanic Ecstasy.
- Shamanic The Raven Lodge www
Shamanic resource center for shamanic and personal development with details of a home study course, Raven Lodge, bookstore, craft-work section, news-letter, down-loads section and articles. The Raven Lodge.
- Describes Metista Teachings and Techniques www
Describes the path of Metista including tools, Teachings and Techniques, practices, prayers, and rites. Metista Teachings and Techniques.
- Provides Shaman Links www
Provides educational information and links to information on shamanism. Links. Also links to shamanic practitioners, teachers, and teaching organizations listed by city and state or country. Shaman Links.
- Teaches Path Of The Feather www
Teaches techniques of shamanic journeys and the use of medicine wheels and spirit animals. Path Of The Feather.
- The Dance of the Deer Foundation www
The mission is to preserve the Huichol culture and its shamanic practices and traditions. the Deer Foundation. Features Huichol history, information about the foundation and details on seminars and retreats. Dance of the Deer Foundation.
- Dedicated Den of ZaWolfSpirit www
Dedicated to shamanism in all its aspects, ZaWolfSpirit, with a penchant towards Wolf. Den of ZaWolfSpirit.
- A The Foundation for Shamanic Studies www
A non profit educational organization founded by Michael Harner. Foundation for Shamanic Studies. Includes the Way of the Shaman Basic Workshop, Advanced Shamanic Training, Books, Videos and Tapes. The Foundation for Shamanic Studies.
- List Sacred Hoop Magazine www
List of contents of this UK magazine on Shamanism, Hoop Magazine, Animism, earth wisdom, native spirituality and ecology, with some material online. Also shopping. Sacred Hoop Magazine.
- A Shamanism FAQs www
A collection of FAQs regarding shamanism. Shamanism FAQs.
- Collection Himalayan Art: Bon Collection www
Collection of thangkas and sculptures of the major figures, Art: Bon Collection, symbols, and deities of Bon. Each tangka or statue can be viewed in fine detail using a zoom capability. Himalayan Art: Bon Collection.
- An The Bonpo Traditions of Dzogchen www
An article by John Reynolds giving the history and development of Bon. The Bonpo Traditions of Dzogchen.
- Topics Ixtlan (Egroups) www
Topics primarily relate to the teachings of Don Juan, (Egroups), Nagualism, shamanism, Zen and general Buddhism, the 4th way, occult practices, and other arts that promote awareness. Ixtlan (Egroups).
- The The Toltec Mystery School of Light www
The Toltec Mystery School of Light offers Toltec Knowledge for personal empowerment, Toltec Mystery School of Light, growth and evolution. Classes, long distance apprenticeships and audio tapes. Free newsletter available. The Toltec Mystery School of Light.
- Information The International School of Shamanism www
Information on Shamanism; also group meeting and instruction details. International School of Shamanism. Based in Atlanta, Georgia. The International School of Shamanism.
- Classes Four Winds Society, Inc. www
Classes and in-depth training programs in Inka shamanism. Four Winds Society, Inc..
- Offers A Glossary of Divination www
Offers an A-Z of lesser-known divination techniques, Glossary of Divination, with single line definitions of each. A Glossary of Divination.
- Extensive The Neopagan and Occult Divination Archive www
Extensive directory of information about divination from a neopagan and occult perspective. Neopagan and Occult Divination Archive. FTP site. The Neopagan and Occult Divination Archive.
- A Creativity, Healing, & Shamanism www
A dynamical systems model of the creative process and transformational experiences in shamanic emergence. Healing, & Shamanism. Three exceptional encounters are used as examples. Creativity, Healing, & Shamanism.
- Shamanism Aziz Shamanism www
Shamanism is an art in which the individual wakes up to reality by shedding the illusions of humanity and withdrawing into the wilderness to learn directly from nature. Aziz Shamanism.
- Introduction Christianity and Shamanism: First International Consultation www
Introduction and seven chapters about shamanism and Christianity. and Shamanism: First International Consultation. Focuses on the relation between Christian doctrine and shamanism in Korean and Yakut cultures. Christianity and Shamanism: First International Consultation.
- Short Faces in Shamanism of Korea www
Short article discussing Korean shamans' visual depictions of deities. Faces in Shamanism of Korea.
- Online Belief System Selector www
Online questionnaire that rates religions by their compatibility with your beliefs. Belief System Selector.
- Online Serenity Beach www
Online spiritual retreat for encouragement, Beach, healing, spiritual growth. Serenity Beach.
- Alexa: Shamanism Religion and Spirituality
Alexa Directory Top Sites: Shamanism Religion and Spirituality
- DMOZ: Shamanism Religion and Spirituality
dmoz.org Directory: Shamanism Religion and Spirituality