Africa’s First Research Institute – The Shaman

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When you’ve got a problem to solve, you probably would go to the laboratory or a library or a scholar to help you out with it. Before the western development encroached African countries, we had our own personal research institute capable of healing, foretelling, protection, predicting weather changes and even at times manipulating the weather. This African Research institutes were run by an experienced aged fellow of the society usually given the title SHAMAN which would mean the witch doctor or the native doctor in other languages in African countries. The shaman is a person regarded as having access to, and influence in, the world of benevolent and malevolent spirits, who typically enters into a trance state during a ritual, and practices divination and healing.
Shamanism encompasses the premise that shamans are intermediaries or messengers between the human world and the spirit worlds. Shamans are said to treat ailments/illness by mending the soul. Alleviating traumas affecting the soul/spirit restores the physical body of the individual to balance and wholeness. The shaman also enters supernatural realms or dimensions to obtain solutions to problems afflicting the community. Shamans may visit other worlds/dimensions to bring guidance to misguided souls and to ameliorate illnesses of the human soul caused by foreign elements. The shaman operates primarily within the spiritual world, which in turn affects the human world. The restoration of balance results in the elimination of the ailment.
Shamanic beliefs and practices have attracted the interest of scholars from a wide variety of disciplines, including anthropologists, archaeologists, historians, religious studies scholars, and psychologists. Here’s a video of a typical Shaman in Africa.

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