We at Traveling Shamans recognize the problems inherent in using the Mongolian word Shaman. However English is a living language, and as such, words enter the language when no current Englsh term works as well. We believe that Shaman is the best word to describe the practitioners who journey between worlds seaching for answers. Our use of this word does not indicate the specific techniques used by each practitioner. This page is a collection of links to articles that we hope will provide a cross section of thoughts on the use of the term Shaman from across the web and the world.
The Case Against "Shamans" In North American Indigenous Cultures