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I have started this page to write down some of the cultural names for shamanic or native healers that I have seen. 

You may wish to check the validity of the name with reference to whether they are considered shamanic or not, but these should serve as an interesting reference for further investigations of native healers around the world.

I will continue to update this page as I find new names.

As some readers may know, the word shaman came from healers in Siberia, and was then used by anthropogists to refer to all native healers that practiced in a certain way.  Some healing traditions prefer not to be referred to as a shaman, (click for example) because it is not their name and they wish to retain the integrity of their healing.  Also click for Wikipedia link on Cultural Appropriation.

There are certain names that are cultures often apply to their shamanic healers, such as words that mean "the dreamer", "the traveler", or "of the spirits." 

Look for the underlined names, which show links to sites which talk about that form of Shamanism:

Angakok - Inuit Shaman, I saw this referenced on a paper at Brandon University in Canada.

Fugara - The Bedouin form of Shamanism

Baksylyk - I saw a reference to a paper by Patrick Garrone called "Baksylyk: a Muslim Declination of Shamanism" (in ISIM NEWSLETTER, December 1999 (No.4) )

Sahir-şairls - Shamans in Turkey the other words I saw in connection with this were Kyrgyz Kazakh baksıs, baksı, kam, ozan, Oguz, ozans

Kopuz - a musical instrument, somehow connected with shamanism

Dagara Tribe - West African Tribe with Shaman Healers

Kontomblé - West African word for helping spirits.

Txiv Neeb - Shaman of the Hmong, the shaman translates to "father/master of the spirits."

Miko - Female Shaman, saw referenced in article in Asian Folklore Studies.

Mudang - Korean Shaman, most Korean Shamans are women
Nae-Rim-Kut - Korean Shamanic Initiation

Huna - Hawaiian form of shamanism.

Babalawo - shamans of the Yoruba people of Nigeria, West Africa meaning "Father of the Mysteries" or "Father of the Spirits" supplied by student of Babalawo/Shaman.

Wulla-mullung - Wiradjuri Tribe- Southeast Australia it seems that is the name their Shamans are called, and their helping spirits are called Budian.

Dukun - Shaman of Indonesia

Voelva/Volva/Vala/Seidhkona  - Female Shaman of Norse Mythology

Seidhr - A shamanic ritual or staff in the Norse tradition.  Male shamans of Norse tradition are sometimes referred to as Seidhr men.

Baal Shem - Translates in Hebrew as "Master of the Name" possibly a Jewish Shaman

Wakan Tanka - Term for Spirit that Resides in Everything in Lakota

Sheripiari - term of the Campa of eastern Perú

Znakharka - term for female shaman in the Ukraine, supplied by a Ukraine shaman.

Tang-ki - the Chinese name for a shaman  (also fu-chi which seems to relate to a mediumship involving writing.)

P'aqo - The Andean word for shaman -- it's a Quecha word for shaman but they are mystics too (submitted to Shaman Links by one of our readers)

Mambo - One of our readers found that this "is the name for a high priestess in the voodoo tradition, especially one who keeps the songs and rituals and maintains the community's relationship with the spirits..."

Yachak - One of our readers: "translated as Birdman a person who knows how to fly into the other worlds, to connect with spirits and bring messages."



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