What is shamanism?

  • (noun): Any animistic religion similar to Asian shamanism (especially as practiced by certain Native American tribes).
    See also — Additional definitions below

Shamanism

Shamanism ( /ˈʃɑːmən/ SHAH-mən or /ˈʃeɪmən/ SHAY-mən) is a practice that involves a practitioner reaching altered states of consciousness in order to encounter and interact with the spirit world. A shaman is a person regarded as having access to, and influence in the world of benevolent and malevolent spirits, who typically enters into a trance state during a ritual, and practices divination and healing.

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Korean Shamanic Music
... See also Korean shamanism Korea is the only country where shamanism appears to have been a state religion practiced by the literate classes, during the Three Kingdoms Period (57BC-668AD) ... Under successive dynasties shamanism was gradually relegated to a popular or folk status with the arrival of Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism ... The early official status of shamanism is the probable explanation for the fact that shamanic ritual in Korea developed highly complex and established forms ...
Shamaness
... Shamanism (/ˈʃɑːmən/ SHAH-mən or /ˈʃeɪmən/ SHAY-mən) is a practice that involves a practitioner reaching altered states of consciousness in order to ... The term "shamanism" is presently often used as an umbrella term referring to a variety of spiritual practices, although it was first applied to the ancient religion of the Turks and Mongols ... the indigenous religions of other parts of Asia, Africa, Australasia and the Americas as shamanism ...
Shamaness - Regional Variations - Contemporary Western Shamanism
... There is an endeavor in some contemporary occult and esoteric circles to reinvent shamanism in a modern form, often drawing from core shamanism—a set of beliefs and ... of chaos magic while others (such as Jan Fries) have created their own forms of shamanism ...
Shamanism - Criticism of The Term
... of New Age and modern Western forms of shamanism, which may not only misrepresent or dilute genuine indigenous practices but do so in a way that, according to Kehoe, reinforces ... Kehoe is highly critical of Mircea Eliade's work on shamanism as an invention synthesized from various sources unsupported by more direct research ... To Kehoe, what some scholars of shamanism treat as being definitive of shamanism (most notably drumming, trance, chanting, entheogens and hallucinogens, spirit communication and healing) are ...

More definitions of "shamanism":

  • (noun): An animistic religion of northern Asia having the belief that the mediation between the visible and the spirit worlds is effected by shamans.
    Synonyms: Asian shamanism