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Lately I've been thinking of the modern-day version of the shaman (appropriative and not) vs. the traditional figure of the shaman in indigenous cultures. To me the biggest difference is that for traditionally shamanistic cultures, the shaman was an individual who was not a regular participant in the daily life of the culture. They lived apart, they were allowed a separate set of rules, and acted contrary to the norms of their society. The situation is entirely different with today's shamanistic practitioners, who, though likely to be weird, and practicing rites and beliefs that aren't necessarily mainstream, are just as likely as any of us to need to hold down a day job. Thinking about that

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