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