What is Shamanism


Shamanism is a word that derived from the Tungus tribe located in Siberia.  A shaman  acts as an intermediary between the human and spirit worlds.  Shamans are also known as medicine men or women that have the ability to enter other dimensions of reality through the use of trance, dreams, myths and rituals. They typically do this by journeying into an altered state of consciousness. 

Today, a Shaman is a generic term for describing the sacred rituals used by indigenous cultures to channel and connect to different dimensions of reality. Shamanism is most often used for healing and cleansing.  They enter an altered state of reality in order to gain knowledge in how they might help someone. In many cases, the Shaman connects to the spirit world and receives advice or aid from their spirit helpers.


There are many variations of shamanism throughout the world, but several common beliefs are shared by all forms of shamanism, Spirits exist and they play important roles both in individual lives and in human society.

  • The shaman can communicate with the spirit world.
  • Spirits can be benevolent or malevolent.
  • The shaman can treat sickness caused by malevolent spirits.
  • The shaman can employ techniques to incite visionary ecstasy and go on vision quests.
  • The shaman’s spirit can leave the body to enter the supernatural world to search for answers.
  • The shaman evokes animal images as spirit guides, omens, and message-bearers.

The shaman can tell the future, Scry, throw bones/runes, and perform other varied forms of divination.

Today, the Shaman is seen as the priest, doctor and healer.  They remain our bridges to the world of spirit. Let’s not forget the magic and power they give back to this world.



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