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To Answer a Question: Shaman

By Juniper

[Snip] The word shaman comes originally from the Turkic (Tungus or Evenki) word “šamán” and translates as “one who knows”, or possibly more accurately as “priest”. This word has been used by peoples of the Turkic-Mongol and Tungus cultures of Siberia for many centuries. It was introduced to Europe from Siberia to Russia and then into Germany. The word was brought to Western Europe in 1692, that’s a long time ago. Also in it’s anglicized form, it is not spelled or pronounced that same and the original “šamán”.

White colonists coming to the New World and Africa applied the words “medicine man” and “witch doctor” to the healers and holy people of tribal cultures. These titles were eventually replaced by “shaman”. This is why people of European decent are often told by “shamans”” of other races and cultures they should not call themselves “medicine men” or “shamans”.

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