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They are hidden in Bavaria in hidden groves, lonely valleys, large gardens and on the edge of the woods: Indian sweat lodges and stone medicine wheels. Places of power for the mysterious rituals of the shamans.

Status: 07/12/2016

Ethnologists call her the "mother of all religions" because shamanic worldviews are as old as humanity itself. With Christian proselytizing, the old knowledge was forgotten, but it is coming back more and more. Also in our latitudes. No less than 60 "Alpine Shamans" can be found on the Internet. Shamanic training, sweat lodges, trance trips: shamanism is "in".

One cannot believe shamanism, one has to experience it

"People are simply mediators between our world and the spiritual world. You really have to open yourself to it totally and really have to surrender to it in order to get any reference to it at all. If you approach it from the start with doubt and only try to do it over your head to capture and analyze, then you get no access to it at all. That is impossible! "

Wolf Wies from Munich, has been practicing shamanism for decades

The old traditions return to our time and with their ancient rituals and ceremonies in nature give not a few people support and meaning in life. Because "shaman" is not a protected term, there are also charlatans and fraudsters in the scene. Caution is advised, experts warn.


Bavarian shamans refer to pre-Christian worldviews and rituals, learn from indigenous cultures from all over the world and look for a spiritual approach to nature, which for them is animated. They do not form a religion, are individually very different, and instead of a "belief" they offer experiences.

facts and figures
Overall, there are an estimated several hundred people in Bavaria who call themselves shamans and countless therapists, alternative practitioners and companions who work with shamanic methods. Although tens of thousands have already come into contact with these approaches, there are no centers, churches or temples of this religious tradition.

Beliefs and goals
Shamanism assumes that nature is animated, that there are ancestral beings and nature spirits, that everything is connected with one another, and that it is the task of man to respect the complex fabric of life in which it repeatedly interacts with living nature connect.

(The positions, tasks and affiliation to a religion or belief community of the people named in the article refer to the year 2012 and may have changed in the meantime.)