who has discovered or created shamanism?

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By definition, shamanism a type of religion common in Siberia and neighboring regions without systematic beliefs but entirely inspired by the shaman (priest or priestess) who, working up a frenzy by dancing, puts him or herself in touch with the spirits of animals or deceased humans for purposes of magic or divination.
Shamanism has spread to all corners of the world but it still remains untied to only one religious belief.

The Gorn King

I don’t think its an actual religion unto itself, but rather a style of worship, as the above poster says. I am curious to know what religion it originates from.


The word “shaman” originated in the area around Siberia. The practice didn’t spread but the use of the word did mainly due to anthropologists using it to describe spiritual healers of tribal people around the world.
Here’s info from wikipedia:
Shamanism refers to a range of traditional beliefs and practices concerned with communication with the spirit world. There are many variations of shamanism throughout the world, though there are some beliefs that are shared by all forms of shamanism:
The spirits can play important roles in human lives.
The shaman can control and/or cooperate with the spirits for the community’s benefit.
The spirits can be either good or bad.
Shamans engage various processes and techniques to incite trance; such as: singing, dancing, taking entheogens, meditating and drumming.
Animals play an important role, acting as omens and message-bearers, as well as representations of animal spirit guides.
The shaman’s spirit leaves the body and enters into the supernatural world during certain tasks.
The shamans can treat illnesses or sickness; they are healers.
Shamans have the ability to diagnose and cure human suffering and, in some societies, the ability to cause suffering. This is believed to be accomplished by traversing the axis mundi and forming a special relationship with, or gaining control over, spirits. Shamans have been credited with the ability to control the weather, divination, the interpretation of dreams, astral projection, and traveling to upper and lower worlds. Shamanistic traditions have existed throughout the world since prehistoric times.
Some anthropologists and religious scholars define a shaman as an intermediary between the natural and spiritual world, who travels between worlds in a state of trance. Once in the spirit world, the shaman would commune with the spirits for assistance in healing, hunting or weather management. Ripinsky-Naxon describes shamans as, “People who have a strong interest in their surrounding environment and the society of which they are a part.”
Other anthropologists critique the term “shamanism”, arguing that it is a culturally specific word and institution and that by expanding it to fit any healer from any traditional society it produces a false unity between these cultures and creates a false idea of an initial human religion predating all others. However, some others say that these anthropologists simply fail to recognize the commonalities between otherwise diverse traditional societies.
Shamanism is based on the premise that the visible world is pervaded by invisible forces or spirits that affect the lives of the living. In contrast to animism and animatism, which any and usually all members of a society practice, shamanism requires specialized knowledge or abilities. It could be said that shamans are the experts employed by animists and animist communities. Shamans are often organized into full-time ritual or spiritual associations, like priests. In Indian culture as well there are those who are called tantrics and are said to have the power to control spirits and force them to do their bidding. People often visit them for many reasons but most often it is to ensure the spirit’s aid in their work or to curse someone who they feel is an enemy of theirs or opposes them.


Shamanism or witch doctors are a few thousand years old; it is not organized as any one religion. It probably arose as a critical mass detail in primitive societies and is still practiced today in isolated vicinities, often manifested as an hysterical trance brought on by hallucinogens.


Shamanism is one of the oldest expressions of early Pantheism and Animism…. So, centuries into pre-history, before the written word, when they scribbled the cave writings in “3 Brothers” in France, there were Shamen.


It is as old as human consciousness.


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