Is Shamanism Witchcraft?

It is Niina you're watching Fairychamber channel first of all I wish to thank you All of you lovely people who have recently subscribed to my channel and all the nice messages I've got from my videos about Finnish mythology I have no idea actually when I started that there would be so much huge interest for them so I am happily pleased yeah anyway I've also got these questions and comments where people have been asking me could I tell some what is differences and similarities between shamanism and witchcraft and also if you are a witch does that make you a shaman? and if you are a shaman on just make you a witch? and that kind of thing so I hope that i get to clarify some of these things in these topics to you in this video

So when we wonder what are the similarities and differences between shamanism and witchcraft first we have to determiinate the term witchcraft and this is not really an easy task and i'd say every which have their own the definition for the word witchcraft and all that and it also varies in different cultures and different countries different languages and and you know varies but i think I will speak for most of the people when I say that witchcraft can mean many different things it can be like magical abilities, power of intuition, believe to spirit worlds and this kind of ability to control different energies and it can be belief for different deities and all these can be determinate is that the right word? define and all this can be witchcraft different forms of witchcraft and that is what shamanism is One form of witchcraft There is actually two ways to approach whole concept of shamanism we can approach it as one form of witchcraft a one way of doing witchcraft or we can approach it more as a base for a belief system or religion or this kind of world view so those two are separate things and still combined So we can approach approach it as base for belief system or just one-way for magical practice so I would say witchcraft is 50 % shamanism overall Depending the form of witchcraft that you practice some might be more and some might be less it's very complex but if we now tuck into the idea of shaman as base for a belief system I would say that for example Finn-belief Finnish tradition it's like shamanistic religion or shamanistic belief system so also pretty much all belief systems and religions in the world they originate from shamanism because shamanism was the first belief system of Homo sapiens and it actually goes even further than that

There has been these proves that Neanderthal people Their caves and tombs archaeologists have found bear skulls and this kind of ceremonial worship places for different spirits so in fact shamanism was also the religion in a way for the Neanderthal people and also religion for early homo sapiens human beings So this goes goes back all the way to 100,000 years to 50,000 years and that's a long long time and the first shamanistic belief systems are the primitive belief systems the animistic systems where it was believed that everything in nature has it's own spirit and it makes sense because the early people and Neanderthal people they lived their lives constantly around nature of course they could not separate nature from them but now modern people we can separate nature from us and when we think about different shaman religions that have survived and these kind of cultures the most famous is the Siberian area because the Siberian shamanism is the one that people have most written information and there is still the shamanistic cultural alive among different tribes also the Sami people in Lapland like in Finnish Lapland, Norwegian Lapland, Swedish Lapland, Russian Lapland the Sami people they have kept their shamanistic belief system alive early Finns we also had a shamanistic belief system that we are now trying to reconstruct the Finnish pagans those of us who follow Finnish tradition and also native american very good example Native American shamanism different tribes they all have very many similarities what it comes to their religious practice because they are all like shamanisticshaman based i will put it that way also South American belief systems aboriginals of Australia and overall Eurasian area some forms of magical traditions in Africa in different African countries also and you know you can find them pretty much you know what we could call these "primitive" cultures or native cultures They've kept these traditions without breaking it and I pretty sure we had these traditions I would say Indo-European traditions as well Slavic shamanism and also there is such thing as Norse shamanism and Celtic Shamanism but at some point this link has been broken more or less and huge part of the tradition has been lost and this has happened almost has happened in Finland for example that this tradition has been shifting to different directions in the past especially during the christianization If I go back to think about Finnish spirituality earliest form was this kind of totemic faith system for nature spirits and animal spirits it is very much a shamanistic religion Shamanism as witchcraft practice it is that kind of practice pretty much everyone can use and use whether they are aware of it or not think because the whole idea of shamanism as magical practice it literally means traveling between different altered states of consciousness that is like shamanism as a witchcraft practice and then all these primitive religions that I mentioned the shamanistic religions they all have this thing in common this kind of traveling in your mind and whole word shaman there are different meanings for it but it actually comes from Tungusian word Tungusia it's a Eurasian tribe living

I think Tungusia somwehere next mongolia or somewhere in Siberia anyway that's where the word shaman comes from and it actually means a priest of the tribe so shaman is a spiritual guide and that's where the words shaman and shamanism comes from spiritual guide or teacher or someone the wise man of the tribe or Wise woman and then if you think about this kind of all idea of shaman being this kind of person who gets information by traveling between the altered states of consciousness we find shamans everywhere in every religions Jesus and Moses shamans they got messages from somewhere on Christianity Judaism Islam they have this kind of shamanistic features as well also people who could fall into trance like I said Jesus he could fall into trance at least in my eyes he was a shaman as well and obviously a priest of a group basically shaman was that kind of person who was like a spiritual guide or spiritual counselor If you think about the ancient Greeks and Sibylla the seeker of Apolloshaman Merlin I don't know if Merlin was real character or not

Is druid / shaman basically and all that If you read about Edda poetry Lot's of stories about Shamans I've read quite often that Odin for example the story where he receives the runes is Shaman seeking for wisdom so that's basically Norse shamanism druidism Celtic shamanism and there is such thing as Slavic shamanism All Kalevala poetry in Finland basically it's story of Shaman traveling to other places

In Finnish shaman is shamaani but I don't think it's not really like it's not a Finnish word obviously it is more Tungusian word still we have our own shamans or we had our own shamans Tietäjä it's a shaman in Finnish It comes from the word Tieto which means Knowledge so tietäjä was the holder of knowledge

Then we have word Noita which means witch in Finnish but it also means shaman and tietäjä in Finnish Noita it comes from Sami word Noaidi which means tietäjä or witch or a shaman so basically they all mean the same thing so witch can at least in Finland be a shaman but I at least in my mind shaman and a witch they basically mean a seeker of knowledge and but why I personally have difficulties to use the word witch from my self is because in Finland witch was usually the person that was the spiritual counselor like if you think about the pre-christian times and the world where people lived the magic was norm for example the ancient greeks good example it was a norm for people to go tofor a women to go to a temple of Aphrodite and ask for a spouse for herself or something and it was a norm for a Finn go to sound on thank their house guardians for peace in the house or something It was a norm all over the world before monotheism Belief for magic but then in each culture there was these wise man and wise woman where people would go to seek advices and those were the ones people called witches and shamans and people with knowledge: druids, or brujas whatever they are called in different cultures and now we're leaving these times we're pretty much anyone can start to call themselves witch or shaman whatever if they feel this kind of interest towards esotericism or paganism whatever but you know I don't really have nothing against people calling themselves witches or shamans or whatever because this is the time where we are living but i personally sometimes feel bit weird to call myself a witch or noita or whatever and there's a paradox because pretty much all my friends call me a witch and I don't mind but I guess it's because i don't feel like i am really witch or something like that because I don't have that kind of group that I would give spiritual advices if you don't count YouTube of course

That's why I came up with completely new term the Fairy Shaman so yeah like witches and shamans in the old times were the wise man the wise women, the druids, the people with the knowledge medicine men and medicine women good example I think there was this kind of shift on owning the word witch because of this long time of monotheism of course now largely because of all the neo-pagan movements there's this kind of owning the word witch and owning the word Shaman again Here in Finland we have a term called uusshamanismi which literally means neoshamanism and I think not many people call themselves shamans because of this same reason that I just told you that it doesn't really feel that authentic because the time period is so different where we are living now I think we all are "neo" people did we wanted or not and shamanism is still alive and well if you think about dervish people in Turkey the guys who spin around and around that is a shamanistic practice take it close to their god by getting into trance or for example eclectic wicca doing a ceremony by themselves and playing a triangle to get into that kind of peaceful state that is shamanistic practice that this person is doing so in a way we are always doing some kind of shamanistic practice where we then shamans or not i think we are all in neo-box did we wanted or not we can say that we practice some kind old traditionI guess some people will find Finn belief an old practice and then there are people who are more into what we call more new-age things and that is also in a way neo witch practice but I have this obstacle of not calling myself a shaman or witch because of this authenticity because I don't feel it's right to call myself like that because it's not the time that I'm living but I this is why I created the completely a new term for myself that is the fairy shaman and I didn't even created it was actually my sister who once told me Niina you're very shaman and then I started to embrace that term for me it means that it's never really been difficult for me to get into that kind of altered state of mind like meditation and things like that like I can go right down like that so that is my shamanism there and then I always had this huge fascination for nature spirits and fairies wee wolk whatever you want to call them so there comes the word fairy fairy shaman and I do think it sounds way better than calling myself a neoshaman and I do think that in a way I am a neoshaman as well I hope this clearified some of you about differences between a witch and a shaman so definitely you can be a witch and you can be also a shaman but it's good to be aware what all these things mean and where is their origin and where they come from and what all they have meant in different times so witchcraft is not shamanism but shamanism it's one form of witchcraft so thank you for watching guys I'll see you next time bye