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When you hear the word Shaman, what comes to your mind?

  1. shamanismandyou profile image60
    shamanismandyouposted 6 years ago

    When you hear the word Shaman, what comes to your mind?

    I am just wondering what others think about when they hear the word Shaman.  What do you think a Shaman is?


  2. Mr. Happy profile image82
    Mr. Happyposted 6 years ago

    I am not exactly sure but from my understanding, through the explanations other people give, a shaman is a sort of witch/priest/medicine man. I also think this is either a term from the continent of the Americas or perhaps somewhere in Asia.
    We have witches in Europe. Having lived in North America for quite a while now, I realize the "witch" term has a negative connotation for many people. Perhaps that is why the shaman term is used, this is just a simple speculation.
    A shaman is a sorcerer for me. Any term is good though: shaman, wizard, medicine man, witch, etc. I do think "medicine-man" is the closest other term, next to "shaman", I think it has to do with their healing abilities.
    This is just an opinion. Thank you for the question.

  3. romper20 profile image84
    romper20posted 6 years ago

    Two things. World of Warcraft and my Sisters ex boyfriends brother who is currently a head shaman in Peru. He was even written in Time magazine! But yeah kinda cool lol

    BTW - He was the most spiritually intense person i have ever met.

  4. Attikos profile image80
    Attikosposted 6 years ago

    In many tribal faiths, a shaman is an intermediary between the natural and supernatural worlds. He can call on the spirits for various interventions.

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    Old Empresarioposted 6 years ago

    Many harvests ago, I took a medical anthropology class in college where we talked a lot about shamans. I went in with an open mind and left the class convinced shamans were charlatans who gave us a glimpse of the proto-stages of the formation of large religions.

  6. AnnNoE profile image61
    AnnNoEposted 6 years ago

    I believe a Shaman to be the religious leader and healing practioner of the group or tribe he or she is a part of. Yes, I do believe a female can be a Shaman or "Shamaness".