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14 Non-traditional Shamanism




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This article is from the Religion-Shamanism FAQ, by Dean Edwards, Stef Jones, Jilara, Jane Beckman, Ann Albers with numerous contributions by others.

14 Non-traditional Shamanism

Often at least loosely based on one
or more traditional shamanic systems, non-traditional shamanism
is usually a hybrid of ecstatic techniques of shamanic journeying
and other aspects of contemporary psychological, religious and
spirituality. Rather than attempting to continue a pre-existing
tradition, the non-traditional practitioner focuses on utilizing
the ancient techniques of the shaman in ways appropriate to a
modern audience. Some of the resulting systems and practices can
no longer be properly called Tshamanism.U The proposed term TPost-
ShamanicU is intended to address such gray areas as well as more
fully developed systems and practices which contain shamanic
elements.
Dean Edwards (deane@netcom.com)

Engaging in shamanic practice (i.e., entering the altered states,
healing, communicating with spirit guides) using methods that
haven't been passed down in the traditional manner (i.e.from master-
to-apprentice) and/or aren't necessarily part of one'scultural
heritage
Ann Albers (albersa@aztec.asu.edu)

 

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