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Professor Kaminski HUM-101-05 Shamanism is a religious phenomenon centered on the shaman, a person who seemed to be able to attain various powers through trance or ecstatic religious experiences. Although shamans' abilities vary by culture, they are generally thought to be able to heal the sick, communicate with the otherworld, and, in some cases, escort the souls of the deceased to the otherworld. Shamanism is derived from the Manchu-Tungus word aman. A shaman is literally "one who knows," as the noun is formed from the verb a- "to know." Shamans have been documented in historical ethnographies as women, men, and transgender people of all ages, from middle childhood onwards. etymology is the study of the origins of words. The term refers only to the religious systems and phenomena of the Khanty and Mansi, Samoyed, Tungus, Yukaghir, Chukchi, and Koryak peoples of northern Asia and the Ural-Altaic region. Shamanism, on the other hand, is a term used to describe indigenous groups in which healer, religious leader, counselor, and councilor roles are combined. Shamans are especially common among other Arctic

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