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originally posted by: TrueBrit
a reply to: scghst1
Well, although I am by no means an expert on such matters, I have a few suggestions. The first thing to figure out is which tradition of shamanism you find most comfortable. I have heard that those who wish to go down that route often find that the traditions which originate closest to the origins of their ancestors in terms of geographical and chronological proximity, feel more natural to them.
You see, shamanism is not a single tradition which encompasses all forms practiced across the globe, in all periods in history. There are different ways and means, and even different goals for each of the many traditions. There are shamanic rites and methodologies in the history and culture of a huge number of different nations, and on many continents, many of which have little or nothing to do with one another, in terms of the motivations and the methods applied by practitioners. For example, the shamanic traditions of the Africas differ dependent on region, and are different again from those practiced by Native American shamans.
In fact, the word shaman is one whose explicit definition is not even agreed upon in full by anthropologists, despite the fact that the Western world learns most of what it knows from their studies of tribal cultures, written histories, and feild investigations. The Western world was only exposed to the word Shaman sometime near the end of the 1600's. The word is said to be derived from a word in a dialect spoken by the northern siberians during that period.
So, figuring out what you mean by shaman is actually very hard, and it will be a little different in all likelihood, from what someone else who has an interest in these matters, might think it to mean. Frankly, I think a wise start would be to figure out if you know what you mean, and to figure out if there is a more precise description for what you are looking to be trained in. That would at least allow you to narrow your search parameters in google, and perhaps lead you to sources of information that would be useful to you.
However, all that I have said aside, be careful what you wish for!