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Shamanism is an ancient form of spiritual healing and a way of life that dates back approximately 30,000 years. The teachings of shamanism are based on our connection with nature and the promotion of the well-being of all creation. Intrinsic aspects of shamanic life include ceremonies, sacred dance and pilgrimages to places with powerful nature. Animals also play an important role, acting as omens and message-bearers.

The word “shaman” originates from the Tungus tribe in Siberia. Common in many Indigenous cultures across the world, a shaman is an important person in the community who is responsible for people’s physical and spiritual well-being. He or she can be a medicine man/woman, a healer, a magician or a psychic. This person interacts with both the normal and spiritual world and asks for the spirits’ assistance for healing, power and information. Instead of surgery or drugs, shamans use holistic healing techniques that have stood the test of time, like special brews made with natural ingredients. Their practices include soul retrieval, removing unwanted energies, or predicting the future and interpreting omens. They get into trance by singing, dancing, meditating and drumming. In some practices, the shaman’s spirit leaves the body and enters into the supernatural world. If you watched the Konnected.tv episode about the Sarayaku community in Ecuador, you may have heard about the importance of the shaman in Kichwa culture. In fact, in recent times, shaman healers of Peru and Ecuador have begun to influence mainstream culture, as more and more Westerners travel to the Amazon for shamanic healing.
Feb 8, 2016
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