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|9 years ago :: Apr 16, 2008 - 12:11PM #1|
I have noticed that a lot of African religions contain an element of shaminism. Not just the obvious examples of the Khoisan, but also the polytheistic West African traditions--at least in their practices. Shaminism is an approach to spirituality in which a cathartic form of chanting or singing occurs in conjunction with a certain dynamic focus such as dancing, or a story of some sort. In terms of West African originated traditions, I see the drumming and dancing as a type of focal point for the meditative state that shamanism brings. Yes, its a bit abbreviated in these manifestations. But I can still see it. Any thoughts to the contrary? Supporting?