Boletín del Museo Nacional de Historia Natural, Chile 30: 299-312 (1969)

Araucanian Shamanism

Mischa Titiev


Shamanism is a complex phenomenon based on faith in the existence of the supernatural. I t has been reported from all quarters of the glofee, particularly in the northeastern Asiatic segment of the northern circumpolar region; yet, it has never been precisely defined. As a conseriuence, tra its which one observer ru ta under the rubric of shamanism, another may put tmder the heading of magic, and a third under religion.