Officially Recognized Religion in Europe
you know that there have been actual indigenous Shamans in northern
Europe all along? The term Shaman is Siberian in origin and refers to
people who practiced their spirituality as far back as 10,000 years
ago in northern Russia and the Arctic circle. On February 25, 2012,
Shamanism was officially recognized as a religion by the Norwegian
is the first time that Shamanism has been officially recognized as a
religion in Norway. Ms. Lone Ebeltoft of the newly-founded Shamanic
Federation welcomed the decision and expressed her ambition to
preserve and continue the Shamanistic traditions and practices in the
country. “It is about understanding and respecting nature. It
is in no way mysterious. Shamanism is a world religion where we in
the North are committed to preserving the Sámi and Norse
(Arctic) tradition,” she said.
can be found in the northern reaches of Norway, Sweden and Russia.
They have been practicing their Shamanistic beliefs since before
Christianity was introduced. The Scandinavian language has many words
to identify these people. A few are “Klok Gumma” for Wise
Woman or “Klok Gubbe” for Wise Man or collectively “De
Kloka” for the Wise Ones, as they were called in Sweden.
Sámi follow a shamanistic religion based on nature worship.
The Sámi pantheon consists of four general gods: the Mother,
the Father, the Son, and the Daughter. There is also the god of
fertility, fire and thunder, Horagalles, the sun goddess Beive, and
the moon goddess Manno, as well as the goddess of death, Jabemeahkka.
Sámi are also the Lapp peoples who for thousands of years have
herded reindeer near the Arctic Circle. You may recognize them as
Santa’s little helpers with the flying reindeer. And they were
there long before the Vikings.
might wonder what Shamans, and Psychics, and Wiccans have to do with
indigenous people. Well quite a bit actually. Most Indigenous people
across the globe have individuals within their group who have always
had a little something extra: the ability to know things or heal
this was knowledge passed down through generations, and it explained
which plants healed a fever, or how to safely set a broken bone, or
bring a baby into the world. Other times it was a more spiritual
knowledge. All three labels have some overlap in the way they
function. I believe that individuals with abilities to touch and
interact with the spirit world and understand the language of the
natural world have always been with us.
Shaman can connect with the departed and all the seen and unseen
worlds, and heal what ever ails a person. The difference is Shamans
and Wiccans are involved in an Earth-based belief system and are
polytheists. They believe in a male God and a female Goddess as well
as multiple other divinities. They believe the Earth itself and all
its creatures are sentient beings. Psychics do not necessarily hold
these same beliefs.
all Wiccans are psychic. Not all psychics are Wiccans and certainly
not all Wiccans or psychics are Shamans. It is highly insulting to
been saying this for a long time and most people have to pause for a
moment to process it. Then I see the light of understanding come up
in their eyes. They get it that these are very different and distinct
groups of people. To use these terms willy-nilly would be insulting
to these different people. The terms have been used interchangeably
we have been hearing a lot about the rise of Shamanism all around the
world. Mostly it is referring to tribes from the Americas and their
Earth-based belief system or to the neo-pagan movement and the 2012
predictions. But if you dig into Europe’s ancient roots you
will find many Shamans there as well.
can see there is a lot of sharing of qualities and terms among people
with special abilities. Shamans seem to be one of the first
indigenous spiritual leaders who are recognized in the ancient and
modern world. Please keep these differences in mind when you use the
terms Psychic, Wiccan or Shaman... or Lions and Tigers and Bears, OH
MY! ‘Cause Toto we’re not in Kansas anymore.
Howe is a born intuitive who started psychic training at age 15. She
has over 30 year’s experience in Intuitive Counseling, Crystal
Healing, Tarot, Mediumship, and Clairvoyance. Contact her at
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