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shaman

(shä′mən, shā′-)
n. pl. shamans
A member of certain traditional societies, especially of northern Asia and of North and South America, who acts as a medium between the visible world and an invisible spirit world and who practices magic or sorcery for purposes of healing, divination, and control over natural events.

sha·man′ic (shə-măn′ĭk) adj.

shaman

A “medicine man” or witch doctor from an aboriginal society, whose healing ability are attributed to trance-like or “supernatural” states.

sha·man

(shah'măn)
The name given among indigenous people (Native Americans, Innu, First Nations) to a healer, whose therapies range from chant and ritual to use of herbs.

shaman

(sha'mun) (sho'-) [Russ., ascetic]
A healer (usually from a tribal or preindustrial culture) who uses non-Western practices and techniques, including faith healing, spirituality, psychological manipulation, chanting, rituals, magic, and culturally meaningful symbolism to restore health or well-being to the sick.
Synonym: medicine man See: shamanism
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Villoldo passionately asserts that everyone can benefit from spending time with a shaman, or, as he writes, "The shamans say that you are never completely healed until you become a healer yourself." In that light, it's unsurprising that as part of their healing destinies, most of the twelve whose stories are documented in A Shaman's Miraculous Tools for Healing found themselves drawn to training with Villoldo in the practice of Shamanic Energy Healing, so that they, too, could be of service to others.
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Although some minor healing might be performed during the first hour, a kelonkap is a celebratory event in which many people and spirits attend, a number of shamans perform, a spectacular gift of an 'image' (mayo) is transferred to the principle shaman's tutelary, the 'image' (mayo 'uma') of the house is healed and cosmic world boundaries are re-established.
He begins with the compelling story of his personal journey as an English-trained Christian schoolteacher who receives a calling to follow in his grandfather's footsteps as a shaman and keeper of folklore.
This is interestingly echoed by Lewis-Williams when he notes, mentioning structuralism's requirement of a middle term to mediate between binary opposites, that, in San society, the new maiden (a girl who has menstruated for the first time), like the shaman, mediates between this world and the spirit world, and is thus important for accessing supernatural potency (Lewis-Williams & Pearce 2004: 163).