I approach the subject of shaman, shamanism, and shamanic powers with considerable consternation. And I do so despite the fact that the word shaman has become a part of the American landscape. I use these words because of their recognition and ask that those who have objections accept a single fact: I mean no disrespect. Likewise, the term 'medicine man' is not a term used b those in the Native American Culture(s).

The word shaman as I understand it, is an import from the Siberian Tungus Evenk...
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