Re: shamanism and culture shock

mike shupp (ms44278@HUEY.CSUN.EDU)
Mon, 13 May 1996 19:50:28 -0700

Obviously your knowledge of contemporary LDS matters is greater
than my old memories. But I think you are confirming my point-- healing
by laying on of hands is not "shamanistic." First, the Mormon priest's
religious beliefs are not those of conventional shamen. Second, his
healing powers stem from his relationship to God, rather than to his
relationship with the universe. Third, his healing powers are not unique
to him but potentially available to others in the community-- faith is
required rather than some inborn characteristic.
Leading to my next point: "faith healing" in the Mormon church,
and in other American religious movements, is a part of those religions,
rather than a local variant of shamanism.

Mike Shupp
California State University, Northridge