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Shaman priest of North America, 1897.

Shamanism is a practice where a practitioner reaches altered states of consciousness. Supposedly, the shaman perceives and interacts with a spirit world, and channels these energies into this world.

A shaman is a person regarded as having access to, and influence in, the world of good and bad spirits. They usually enter into a trance state during a ritual, and do divination and healing. To become a shaman, a person has to have had a near death experience (a "shamanic illness").

The name "shaman" comes from the Evenki people in Siberia.

Shamans play a central role in these movements, as they can be in both worlds, this one, and the world of spirits.


  • Spirits are real and can do things in the real world.
  • There are good and evil spirits.
  • Healing can be done in the spirit and real world.
  • A person's spirit can leave their body and go into the world of the spirits.
  • Animal shapes are used to interact with the spirits.

Shamanism is different from animism.

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