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Transcript of Shamanism
Period 2B Social Impacts: Shamanism is based largely on the connection between the spirit world and the physical world. Shamanists believe that:
All things in the world are alive and connected to each other.
Everything, including inanimate objects, have a soul or spirit.
The earth spirits exist in the Middle World, the dead spirits are in the Lower World, and the future spirits are in the Upper World.
Shamans are traditional healers who heal the body through the soul by contacting the spirits of nature from which they gain their knowledge.
In order to contact a spirit, a shaman must "shift" their consciousness. This can be done through meditation, the help of plants, and the sound of drums.
The shaman will take a "soul flight" to retrieve information in order to heal
Illness is viewed as a lack of power because you have lost something in life
Sometimes, the soul can leave a person to save itself from trauma Basic Dogma, Beliefs, & Teachings
Shamanism is widespread in many different cultures across the world, but is thought to have its roots in the Mongol region of southern Siberia. Shamanism is extremely old and dates back to the Paleolithic Era. Therefore, as early hunter-gatherer peoples explored the world, they took shamanism with them. From Mongolia, Shamanism spread west to eastern Europe, south to Tibet (where it is closely associated with Tibetan Buddhism), and even west all the way to the Americas. However, the spread of Christianity greatly repressed Shamanism. Temples were destroyed and key religious ceremonies/rituals were banned especially at the time of the Catholic Inquisition, which began in the 12th century. Once universal, Shamanism now mostly prevails in indigenous societies across the world. Cultural Diffusion Influence On History "Shamanism." Angelfire: Welcome to Angelfire. Web. 6 Oct. 2012. http://www.angelfire.com/hi/TheSeer/shaman.html
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"What is a Shaman? ." 5 Star Psychic Advice Specials. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 Oct. 2012. http://www.5starpsychicadvice.com/shamanshamanismshamans.html Bibliography Shamanism is one of the oldest documented belief systems dating back 40,000 years ago, in the Paleolithic era. There are no known founders of Shamanism and the earliest knowledge regarding Shamanism comes from Russian anthropologists and their studies of tribal nomadic herds. There is evidence of Shamanism in the Samoyedic and Tungstic tribes of northern Asia (Siberia). In the Paleolithic era, there was no form of written language. Therefore, Shamanism does not have any sacred writings or books. Instead, Shamanists passed down their history orally and used natural symbols to read the voices of the spirits. Origin of Shamanism Fun Facts:
Evidence of Shamanism was found in the Americas, Oceania, Africa, The Middle East, and Northern Africa.
Spiritual drums and garbs were sacred to the Shamans. Clergy Both men and women played a prominent role in Shamanism.
Healers, Soul Guides, Sacrificial leaders, Fortune tellers, etc.
In the beginning, women were the main Shamans because of their close association with nature.
In some tribes, women are still leaders, but it is mainly men.
In the Asian regions where Shamanism is practiced, women are greatly respected. Shamanistic medicines used thousands of years ago are still used today in many parts of the world.
In ancient China, in the Shang Dynasty, the king was a Shaman and introduced it to the dynasty.
Shamanism was common in most of the ancient civilizations and had an important impact on early peoples for this was when different belief systems were emerging
Many people turned to Shamans for spiritual healing Healing ceremony Shamanism The End Because of its early origin, Shamanism played an important role in the development of other belief systems. For thousands of years, man did not have many advanced ways to cure diseases/ illnesses--there was still much to discover in the fields of science and medicine. In these years, people from many different cultures turned to shamans for healing because it was believed only they could communicate between this world and the spirit world. Shamans therefore played a very pivotal role in the growth of mankind during the early years. Also, many modern medicinal practitioners, interested in natural cures, study shamanism for greater understanding of the body in a spiritual manner.