University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Athropology

Author: Edith Turner

Shamanism and Spirit

By: Edith Turner

The word “Shaman” derives from saman, taken from the Tungus of Siberia where it means “spirit healer.” Shamanism, or working with spirits, is found today in many parts of the globe among people who live by what Lévy-Bruhl, in 1910, called “the law of mystical participation,” that is, the sense of a spiritual connection that […]