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In this episode I talk about my study of Shamanism, define or at least attempt to define Shamanism and talk about what makes a Shaman.

I cover the three types of Shaman: Traditional, Neo and Shamanic Practitioner.  I talk about signs of a Shamanic calling and the Shamans world view.

The books I would recommend to read on Shamanism are:

Way of the Shaman by Micheal Harner  an anthropological overview

The Complete Idiots Guide to Shamanism by Gini Graham Scott the best overall intro I could suggest

The Shaman's Doorway by Stephen Larson Transpersonal psychology and self help

Shamanism Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy by Mircea Eliade a classic of history and anthropology

The music for this episode is from Putumayo Presents Music from the Coffee Lands 2

opening song is Guramayle by Gigi

closing song is Quem e' Muito Querido a Mim by Geraldo Azevedo

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  • Carol D.

    I loved this episode, it was interesting to get the in depth differentiation and explanation as well as the recommendations. As it turns out, I actually have the Complete Idiot’s Guide to Shamanism in ebook form. Heehee.

    So, is there a difference between the terms, holy man, medicine man and shaman?

    Brightest Blessings,

    Carol D.

    Dec 2, 2009 at 1:11 am
  • Ginger

    Another great episode! Wonderfully informative. I feel like I now know more about shamanism and the difference between tribal shamanism and neo-shamanism. Thanks for the book recommendations.

    Get well soon!

    Dec 2, 2009 at 11:23 am