Shamanism is not a religion - it is important to understand this, despite what new agers and some faux shamans try to create. It is not a religion, though it is a religious practice. Shamans are tied very intensely to the earth and to creation in general. All shamans are unique; no two are alike even, though there are similarities. The shaman of old was the man or woman living at the edge of the village in a mud hut, off to themselves. They were usually shunned by the communities they served, until of course, they needed them. Some things never change.
Shamanism is a primal spirituality of the ancestors. Shamanic traditions once flourished all over the world, from the winter wastelands of siberia to the open outbacks of australia. From the tropical jungles of the amazon to the verdant meadows of britain. Despite horrific persecutuion. Shamanism is still practiced by about 200-300 million indigenous people today and in becoming increasingly popular in the modern world among those searching for their ancient roots. At its foundation is the understanding that everything exist as a part of one intimately interrelated web of life.