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Shamanism

Shamanism

Shamanism is the oldest form of spirituality in existence. It is usually associated with gatherer-hunter societies. Shamans, women as well as men, are the spiritual leaders of a tribe. They practice healing, prophecy and magic, as well as settling disputes and leading rituals. Through drumming, chanting, dancing, meditation, fasting or consuming 'power plants' they are able to travel to the spirit world where they find power animals, meet with spirit guides or do battle with harmful spirits. Shamanic practices underlie most neo-pagan religions and can be used as a form of psychotherapy and healing.

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