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What is a Shaman?

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A shaman is a traditional spiritual healer, often considered an intermediary between the spirit world and the human world. A shaman uses his or her connection with the supernatural world to heal illnesses. Shamans are found throughout the world, from Asia to the Americas.

Within Mexico, Shamanism is a long-established pre-Columbian tradition and is still practiced in many Mexican communities. Shamans hold a position of authority within the community thanks to the belief that they have a special relationship with the spirit world, and are often endowed with religious status as well.

The Mayan people of southern Mexico, Belize and Guatemala practice a specific form of Shamanism that has its roots in astrology.

The correct plural form of shaman is shamans.

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