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8. What is the origin of the word "shaman"?




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

8. What is the origin of the word "shaman"?

Shaman comes from the language of the Tungus of North-Central Asia. It
came into use in English via Russian.

 

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