Mudcat Café message #26431 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #4716   Message #26431
Posted By: Bill in Alabama
24-Apr-98 - 10:08 AM
Thread Name: Pagan/Folk/Earth Music Research Project
Subject: RE: Pagan/Folk/Earth Music Reasearch Project
The term Shamanism, while it may originally have been used to refer to certain religious beliefs in the Urals, is now generally used to refer to any religious practice, ancient or modern, which has at its core the belief that only certain specially-trained or uniquely gifted individuals in a group can affect spirits which control the forces impelling mortals.