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The concept of shaman and shamanism is based on the vision of the healers of the Siberian region. However, many natives also have their own concepts of what a magical and harmonising person is, so generalizing the word shaman and shamanism to address the ancestral harmonising practices of natives is wrong.
For example, in the Aymara people of the Andes mountain range, in the territory of Bolivia, the harmonising person who practices magic is known as Yatiri.
On the other hand, in the Quechua peoples of the Andes mountain range in the territory of Colombia, the harmonising and magical person is commonly known as Taita.
In Mesoamerica, as for example in Mexico and Guatemala, there is the term Nahual to designate a magical person who is so connected with nature that he-she is even capable of becoming an animal.
The concept of Shaman, Yatiri, Taita, Nahual, etc., can change from town to town and from tradition to tradition.
In this course we are making use of the term “Shamanism”, since it is the one best known by people to refer to the ancestral harmonising practices of natives, but it is important to understand that “shamanic” practices can vary greatly from one region to another and that this course focuses on the practices of native Andeans, mainly those located near Lake Titicaca in Bolivia, since the author of this course understands that this place has a particularity and that there are intraterrestrial and etheric cities that through their connection, can help us understand the origin of humanity and the possibilities of evolution that exist for the human race.
Shamanism and the Andean philosophy
Philosophy in the Greek language means: love for wisdom. It has several branches and lines. It is interesting to see the difference between the philosophy of western thought and the philosophy of eastern thought, as the differences can be very big.
On Western philosophy, according to Wikipedia: “The history of Western philosophy is the history of the philosophical tradition in the West, in contrast to the history of Eastern philosophy, which developed relatively independently. It dates back more than 2500 years to Ancient Greece and can be divided into five major periods: ancient philosophy, medieval philosophy, Renaissance philosophy, modern philosophy and contemporary philosophy, which correspond to the conventional periodization of world history in the Ancient, Middle Ages, Renaissance, Modern Age and Contemporary Age.”
There are two philosophical currents of Western thought that are important to highlight: the materialistic and the idealistic.
The materialist refers to the understanding of the universe through the study of physical matter.
The idealist refers to the understanding of the universe through the mind and mental constructions.
However, none of them truly alludes to spirit and they cannot perceive existence outside of the concepts of matter and thought.
On Eastern philosophy, according to Wikipedia: “The history of Eastern philosophy is the history of philosophy that developed in the East, mainly in China and India, but also in Persia, Babylon, Japan, Korea, and Islamic philosophy. Generally, it means the history of Eastern philosophy in contrast to the history of Western philosophy, since both traditions developed relatively independently.”
Eastern thought and philosophy go beyond the materialistic and idealistic currents and promote the understanding of the universe through something that is even more subtle than the mind, in this case, we could categorize it as “the spirit”. The characteristic of Eastern philosophy is the interaction between spirit and nature through self-knowledge and discipline (which has nothing to do with religious dogmatism).
Based on these same principles, there is a very important philosophical current in South America that was built throughout the different civilizations.
Philosophy Dr. Jorge Miranda Luizaga, Bolivian, graduated from the University of Aachen in Germany and a student of Andean philosophy, proposes a very different vision of Western visions and describes the Andeans as societies where there is a complementary vision of the world called Yanani. The Yanani concept has no antagonism and the opposites are complementary. This Andean vision is reflected in the daily life of the people and was the reason for the development of very advanced civilizations in ancient times that never had the need to prey on the land through imperialism.
In this course, our vision of shamanism is based on the vision of complementarity, where there is no good or bad, high or low, beautiful or ugly, god or devil, where what exists are energies of feminine and masculine frequency complementing each other.