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A Presesntaion on main and unique shaman beliefs

richard king

on 1 February 2013

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Transcript of SHAMANISM

S H A M A N . CREATED BY RICHARD KING FROM HIGHFIELDS SCHOOl MAIN BELIEFS Beliefs about Spirits ANIMAL SPIRITS OTHER ANIMAL SPIRITS OTHER INFO ABOUT SHAMANISM The main beliefs in shamanism come from the earth and the animals that inhabit it. The animals are generally great hunters and or powerful beasts. Like the Black Panther who’s attributes to the religion are very unique. And many other animals support the structure of the religion as well as the earth and the stars, which help the shaman, become spiritually empowered. Often shamans search for peace in the wild, where they sit and meditate, and slowly become one with the earth and plants surrounding them. They usually go in to a vision to learn something and generally look after the earth and its animals. They can do this because in shamanism it is believed that part of the human soul is free to leave the body at all times. Shamanism encompasses the premise that shamans are intermediaries or messengers between the human world and the spirit worlds. Shamans are said to treat ailments/illness by mending the soul. They also heal the soul/spirit restoring the physical body of the individual to balance and wholeness. Shamans believe in three parts of the world the underworld (seas) Earth world (ground) Sky world (sky) and animal which can be found in all three is usually seen as a godly spirit or prime animal of some importance. There concepts on the soul are:

This concept can generally explain more, seemingly unassociated phenomena in shamanism. Shamans think that a small part of the soul can move freely from the body this is why they believe in the dreams and visions.


This concept may be based closely on the soul concepts of the belief system of the people served by the shaman. It may consist of retrieving the lost soul of the ill person.

Scarcity of hunted game

This problem can be solved by "releasing" the souls of the animals from their hidden abodes. Besides that, many taboos may prescribe the behavior of people towards game, so that the souls of the animals do not feel angry or hurt, or the pleased soul of the already killed prey can tell the other, still living animals, that they can allow themselves to be caught and killed.

Infertility of women

This problem can be cured by obtaining the soul of the expected child from the spirit world.


Beliefs related to spirits can explain many different phenomena. For example, the importance of storytelling, or acting as a singer, can be understood better if looking at the beliefs of Shamans. As a person who can memorize long texts or songs, and play an instrument, may be regarded as the beneficiary of contact with the spirits. Jaguar's Wisdom Includes:
• Seeing the right path within chaos
• Understanding the patterns of chaos
• Moving without fear in the darkness
• Facilitating soul work
• Empowering oneself
• Moving in unknown places
• Shapeshifter
• Psychic sight Black Jaguar's Wisdom Includes:
• Keeper of the circular time continuum
• Gatekeeper to the Unknowable
• All wisdom listed above for Jaguar Cougar/Mountain Lion/Puma's Wisdom Includes:
•Using leadership power wisely and without ego
•Balancing power, intention, strength
•Gaining self-confidence
•Freedom from guilt
•Cunning Orca's Wisdom Includes:
•Creator of the Cosmos
•Having the ability to convert raw matter into stars, planets, etc.
•Freeing the soul from the physical body
•Controlling rainfall on Earth
•Using the vibrational energy of song to heal
•Assisting humans in finding their soul's song
•Soul memory
•Seeing the unseen
•Teaching the ability to seal soul fissures and energy leaks Shamanism originates from the Pal Eolithic time and so predates any other known religion. It is said to of come from the Asian side of the world however the earliest shaman burial found is in Israel which is thought to of been 12,000 years ago.

Lots of other religions relate and or have the same beliefs as Shamansim, such as Christianity has a similar view on souls, and also about the worlds, as they call these hell, heaven and puragtory in christianity where as Shamanism refers to them differently. MORE INFO It is a direct experience of spiritual knowledge. Because of the direct nature of the work, it tends to facilitate growth in every religious faith. People will share shamanic experiences in groups, but the insight you gain from shamanic practice are unique to you.

Shamans may have to fix enrgy leaks in the world or save people from illness etc. Also shamans believe that there unseen things in the world and that there is knowledege that can not be found, relating back to the jaguar, it is the keeper to this knowledge. Also Shamans might visit the spirit world through visions to contact animal spirits to ensure they can hunt them. What Shamans Do To Heal Shamans use the spirit world and
change it which in turn has an effect
on the human world. They do this to
heal or help. There healing consists of
finding something in the spirit world to change the human world and therefore heal a person otherwise it is looking for a cure in the spirit
world. Criticism of Shamansim Some people disagree with the main beilefs of shamanism. Some people argue that the Spirit World does not exist and that the healing they do is fake there is no proof that it does work or doesn't work. However people strongly
believe that Shamanism is fake and strongly critisis it. Some people only think that shamans come from tribes etc. However many live in the modern day, Shamanism is still a large religion today.
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