Some of you who are interested in shamanism may find that generic “core” shamanism lacks the richness of ethnic shamanic traditions. At the same time you may not feel an affinity or connection to the Andean shamanism that I wrote about in the last set of posts. However, if English is your native language than you might feel a closeness to Northern European shamanism. After all, some of it is already in your daily language.
Take for example the days of the week. Did you know that the days of the week in English, except for Saturday, honor Northern European gods? Let’s take a quick look:
If you don’t have Celtic blood flowing through your veins then it might be Anglo-Saxon. The Anglo-Saxons were a people who invaded and inhabited Great Britain from the 5th century. They were Germanic tribes who migrated to the island from continental Europe, their descendants, and indigenous British groups who adopted some aspects of Anglo-Saxon culture and language. The Anglo-Saxon period denotes the period of British history between about 450 and 1066. To see how pervasive Anglo-Saxon DNA still is in Great Britain today take a look at this article.
If, like many in the United States, you think that you don’t have a Celtic bloodline because your last name isn’t Irish, Welsh or Scottish then think again. The map below shows the distribution of the Celtic peoples.
In the next series of posts I will explore Northern Europeans shamanism followed by the shamanism of the Celtic peoples in the U.K. Hope that you enjoy.
I'm Dr. Dave, a modern druid. I lived and worked in Bolivia and Peru for over six years, where I and was trained by Andean Shamans, and today practice Druidcraft and contemporary shamanism.