Thoughts on ‘Shamanism’
You know, I used to use ‘shamanism’ as a sort of catch-all term. I’ll admit, I’ve been guilty of that in the past. But at some point I realized: hey now, you dumb old dog. Intellectual laziness is unbecoming of you. Yes indeed.
In fact, the more I observe, the more I find that quite a variety of abuses and appropriations are occurring all in the name of ‘shamanism’. It seems as if people do not truly know what this word is and where it came from, or they just don’t care. One quaint little excuse is that it has become part of the common parlance, therefore, that makes it right. Except, it doesn’t.
I probably have a lot more to say on this issue…in fact, I know I do. But, I have enough irons in the fire at present (most of which are happening offline), so I will have to revisit this topic later.