A term from the language of the Tungus people in Siberia, used by anthropologists to encompass other terms such as "witch doctor," "medicine man," "wizard," " sorcerer," "medium" and "seer." Narrowly defined, it means: "One who, at will, enters into Transpersonal Consciousness and experiences her/his mind or spirit journeying to other, normally hidden, realities and interacting with other entities to acquire knowledge and power and to help other people." More broadly, it means: "one who, at will, enters into Altered States of Consciousness in service of her/his community." See text, Chapter 12. See also, " Altered State of Consciousness," " consciousness," " mind," " State of Consciousness," " Transpersonal Consciousness" and " Transpersonal Experiences."
mediator, who has access to other world via helping zoomorphic spirits; engages in prophecy and curing via ecstatic communication; typically uses drumming to obtain altered, tracelike state in to mediate with god(s) or dead for curing or prophecy
A priest or priestess who communicates with the inner planes by self-induced trance. Obtaining knowledge of the subtler dimensions of the Earth, during these periods of alternate states of consciousness. Usually ritualistic or magical in nature, sometimes religious.
The priest or magician who performed rituals for a community. He had access to secret knowledge and was possessed by supernatural energies, enabling him to have visionary experiences and make oracular utterances. According to Frazer, the shaman was the predecessor of the divine king who embodied the spirit of fertility and, as such, was periodically killed in order to restore the land to fertility. These rituals were the basis of seasonal myths such as those of Demeter and Persephone, Theseus, and Osiris.
A tribal or aboriginal witchdoctor or medicine (wo)man who possesses the power of "healing" and the ability to communicate with spirits. Very often, these figures play the key roles in the religious and spiritual beliefs of the society in which they live.
One who uses a set of spiritual techniques to enter into a trance state called ecstasy in which the practitioner travels to Other Worlds in order to diagnose, heal, gain information, divine, guide souls, etc.
(from Tunguso-Manchurian aman, "he who knows") In the religious systems of Siberian and Ural-Altaic peoples and in certain analogous systems of other peoples worldwide, a person believed to have the power to heal the sick and to communicate with the world beyond. The shaman is medicine man, priest, and psychopomp; that is to say, he cures sicknesses, directs communal sacrifices, and escorts the souls of the dead to the other world. He is able to do all this by virtue of his techniques of ecstasy; i.e., by his power to leave his body at will during a trancelike state.
Among tribal people, a magician, medium, healer who owes his powers to mystical communion with the spirit world. Characteristically, a shaman goes into auto-hypnotic trances, during which he is said to be in contact with spirits. Shamans are found among Siberians, Eskimos, in SE Asia, Africa, some Native American tribes, and in Oceania. There is also a development of shamanic healers and practitioners in North America. (See Spiritual/Shamanic Healing.)
an induvidual, also called a Wounded Healer, who has usually encountered extremely difficult experiences in life, and as a result of this, receives a special call to work as an intemediate between the people and the spirits
a person who sees things differently, a walker between worlds, a wounded healer, a tender to the soul of the community who combines self-knowledge, vision and service to become a link in the continuity of life
a spiritual leader THE CALIFORNIA INDIANS The Awakening The awakening of the Indians of California to the tremendous task of solving the many problems that confront them as a people is noticeably remarkable
(IC). The term "shaman" is used variously. In my definition, shamanic practices involve the regulation and transformation of human life and human society through the use (or purported use) of alternate states of cosciousness by means of which specialist practitioners are held to communicate with a mode of reality alternative to, and more fundamental than, the world of everyday experience.
(SHAY-men): The word Shaman comes from an extinct Ural-Altaic language called Tungus. They are the priests and medicine men of old tribal societies. Shamans (Shamankas in the feminine form) practiced in every known culture, many of which are still active today.
shah-man; shah-man-izm]- the word "shaman" originated in Siberia, from the Evenk language, meaning an 'excited, frenzied person'. Shamans were both men and women who presided over spiritual life. Shamans often shared close relationships with nature, and their duties as religious practitioners included such tasks as curing the sick, protecting the community and influencing the weather.
A man or woman who has obtained knowledge of the subtler dimensions of the Earth, usually through periods of alternate states of consciousness. Various types of Ritual allow the shaman to pierce the veil of the physical world and to experience the realm of energies. This knowledge lends the shaman the power to change her or his world through Magic.
A word derived from the Tungas language of Siberia, it is a generic term for healers and spiritual leaders in tribal societies. Traditional Shamans induced trance states through drums, dancing, ingesting hallucinogens, self mutilation and deprivation and virtually any means by which one might achieve an altered state of consciousness. While in such a trance, the shaman crosses over into another world to get information for his people such as the cause of illnesses and other misfortunes. The Shaman is the peoples' link to the spirit world.
Among tribal peoples, a magician, medium, or healer who owes his powers to mystical communion with the spirit world. Characteristically, a shaman goes into auto-hypnotic trances, during which he contacts spirits. Shamans are found among the Siberians, Eskimos, Native North and South American tribes, in S.E. Asia, and in Oceania. (See Spiritual/Shamanic Healing.)
(Sanskrit) In the strictest definition "one who lives life in self-denial for spiritual purpose". However, this word is more often viewed through it's secondary meaning "one who is dedicated to a spiritual life achieving a level of leadership and teaching". The term began in India and slowly migrated in two directions, to Germany, Scotland, Ireland, to North America, and from India to the Orient. Shaman is the masculine variation, Shamanka is the female version.
A member of certain tribal societies who acts as a medium between the visible world and an invisible spirit world and who practices magic or sorcery for purposes of healing, divination, and control over natural events.
A person with powerful intuitive, psychic, and sometimes healing and telekinetic abilities who is very much attuned to the forces of nature. Many can predict the weather, communicate telepathically with animals, and sense when the energies are out of balance in the bodies or psyches of living beings. Some believe that the vastness and richness of our herbal pharmacopoeia is owed to the intuition of long-ago shamans who observed the effects of certain plants on animals and began to use the healing herbs to help their fellow tribesmen. The term is traditionally applied to the sorcerers and medicine men or women of primitive tribes, but in recent decades a significant number of Westerners have rebelled against the artificial complexity of modern religion, employment, and medicine, adopted the shamanic practices of yore, and begun calling themselves shamans.
(Russian Tungusic saman Prakrit samana, a Buddhist monk Sanscrit sramana, ascetic) A priest or medicine-man of shamanism, which is: 1. the religion of certain peoples of northeast Asia, based on a belief in good and evil spirits who can be influenced only by the shamans. 2. any similar religion, as of some American Indians and Eskimos.
in primal religious traditions, one through whom supernatural powers are channeled for the spiritual welfare of the community or tribe. More precisely, the shaman might heal the sick, escort the souls of the dead into heaven and away from their corpses, or confer with gods by taking on the shape or language of an animal or bird.
A tribal medium, witch-doctor, or priest accredited with supernatural powers as originally exemplified by Siberian tribes. [From the German Schamane, derived from the Russian shaman, derived from Tungusic samân
Shaman are not good military units, but after the battle they take huge amounts of land.You can only have 1 shaman per town center. Inca specialist unit. Attack Points Defense Points Months to train 10 Required to train 1000 gold Land taken 500 Upkeep food Upkeep gold 50