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The Nature of Shamanism: Substance and Function of a by Michael Ripinsky-Naxon

By Michael Ripinsky-Naxon

[The writer] explores the middle and essence of shamanism by means of taking a look at its ritual, mythology, symbolism, and the dynamics of its cultural procedure. In facing the elemental parts of shamanism, the writer discusses the shamanistic adventure and enlightenment, the internal own difficulty, and the numerous points entailed within the function of the shaman.

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In the Arthurian legend, for example, the Green Knight represents a pagan survival symbolizing such a divinity. The shamans' domain is the dark and thick forest, or another remote area, where he can isolate himself to accommodate his needs for solitude and trance. As a result, the shamans generally practice their craft alone, a fact which sometimes creates misconceptions between the interests of the community and those of the shamans. Clearly, there are some who have abused their positions, just as there are shamans who do not act solely for personal gains, but who go about their functions without regard for material or political considerations.

It is known as shamanism. The basic elements of shamanism describe multiple functions reflected in the roles of its practitioners, the shamans. As individuals specializing in the performance and the enactment of rituals, they are also the tribal timekeepers, or custodians of the calendar. In hunting magic, the shamans foster and consolidate a vital relationship with Master of the Animals, or an equivalent figure, thus,' assuring consistent bounty for their people. As healers, they employ various methods prescribed by the cultural norms, including the ability to see the causes of disease and augur the future.

At the same time, they are of paramount importance to the enactment of shamanistic rituals. Thus, many such rituals and the corresponding techniques, found all over the world, are validated by aetiological mythologies and cosmic paradigms. The significant place occupied by myths in the shamans repertoire becomes apparent to anyone who has devoted some time to this subject. In his article on "Shamanism," for the fifteenth edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica, Diószegi included mythic traditions among the nine characteristic features of this religious complex.

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