Shamanic Traditions Around the World

Indigenous cultures around the world have developed hundreds of different varieties of shamanism. Each of these books takes a close look at one of those tribal traditions. From Siberia (where the word "shaman" originated) to Africa, from Ireland to the Amazon, from the Australian Aborigines to the Native Americans, each native tradition and each shaman's experience enriches our understanding of shamanism as a whole.

Siberia/Asia | Europe | The Americas | Other Traditions


Riding Windhorses: A Journey into the Heart of Mongolian Shamanism

Mongolian shaman Sarangerel gives us a vivid first-person account of shamanic traditions as practiced in Mongolia today.

Shamans: Siberian Spiritual and the Western Imagination
Ronald Hutton

Hutton scours centuries of historical sources in an attempt to rediscover the world of Siberian shamanism.

Shamanic Worlds: Rituals and Lore of Siberia and Central Asia
Marjorie Mandelstam Balzer

Scholarly collection of essays on Siberian shamanism and its cultural context.

The Reindeer People: Living with Animals and Spirits in Siberia
Piers Vitebsky

British anthropologist Vitebsky's first-person account of living with the Eveny people of northern Siberia.

Shamans, Housewives, and Other Restless Spirits:Women in Korean Ritual Life
Laurel Kendall

A look at Korea's rich shamanic traditions, still practiced by women in parts of Korea today.

Animal and Shaman: Ancient Religions of Central Asia
Julian Baldick

A survey of the ancient customs and religions of the people Central Asia


Fire in the Head: Shamanism and the Celtic Spirit
Tom Cowan

Cowan delves into Celtic folklore and tradition to tease out its shamanic roots.

The Mist-Filled Path: Celtic Wisdom for Exiles, Wanderers, and Seekers
Frank MacEowen

An intense journey into a different kind of awareness known by centuries of Celtic mystics. MacEowen calls on us to live a more authentic life, connected to a world of mystery and meaning.

The Celtic Shaman: A Practical Guide
John Matthews

How to do shamanism, Celtic style. A detailed and practical manual.

We Borrow the Earth: An Intimate Portrait of the Gypsy Shamanic Tradition and Culture
Patrick Lee

A first-person account from the world of a Romani (Gypsy) shaman.

The Americas

The World Is As You Dream It: Teachings from the Amazon and Andes
John Perkins

Lessons from South American shamanic teachers, compiled by teacher-activist John Perkins, founder of the Dream Change Coalition.

The Jivaro: People of the Sacred Waterfalls
Michael J. Harner

Harner's firsthand look at the the Shuar (Jivaro) people of South America.

The Shaman: Patterns of Religious Healing Among the Ojibway Indians
John A. Grim

A detailed and carefully researched account of shamanic practices among the Ojibwe people of North America.

Wolf Medicine: A Native American Shamanic Journey into the Mind
Wolf Moondance

Shaman Wolf Moondance invites you on a path of spiritual development rooted in Native American traditions.

Other Traditions

Of Water and the Spirit: Ritual, Magic and Initiation in the Life of an African Shaman
Patrice Malidoma Somé

This first-hand account provides a vivid look into the world of shamanicam in west Africa.

Aborginal Men of High Degree: Initiation and Sorcery in the World's Oldest Tradition
A. P. Elkin

Australian anthropologist Elkin details the world of the karadji, the Aboriginal shamans.

Shamanic Wisdomkeepers
Timothy Freke

Freke interviews ten living shamans, each from a different tradition around the world, to offer a broad look into the shamanic worldview.