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I. In the Narrower Sense

A shaman in the sense described here is a religious specialist (male or female) among the Evenks, taiga dwellers in eastern Siberia (Siberian religions); most of the Turkic peoples call a shaman a qam. Other peoples have other names. A shaman typically works in the context of a worldview that believes in the possibility of communication or conflict with spirits that can influence what happens on earth. In this worldview, there …

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Klein, Wassilios, “Shamanism”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 27 November 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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