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6. Does the presence of an active shamanic tradition necessarily mean thatthe society itself should be deemed "shamanic"?




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This article is from the Shamanism FAQ, by Dean Edwards deane@netcom.com with numerous contributions by others.

6. Does the presence of an active shamanic tradition necessarily mean thatthe society itself should be deemed "shamanic"?

No, not at all. The presence of shamanism in a nation or a community does
not mean that shamanism is central to the spiritual or religious life of
the community or region. Shamanism often exists alongside and even in
cooperation with the religious or healing practices of the community.

 

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