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    What's the difference between the two?

    Hi everybody!
    So I've recently thought about it and decided to post the question here: What is the difference between a Shaman and a Druid?
    What does each focus on? What is the purpose of each?
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    Re: What's the difference between the two?

    There's a very large difference. As in... they are not even really in the same sort of equatable category of practitioner. Some aspects of Druidry MIGHT be considered shamanic in some circles, but that's debatable.

    I don't really have the brain cells for a more in depth answer than that right now... and honestly I don't really know enough about Druidry to answer about what their focus and purpose is. My experience and knowledge lies more towards shamanism.

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    Re: What's the difference between the two?

    Druidry (or Druidism) is a subset of Celtic (and sometimes Celtic-ish) Paganism. What Druidry is/is not really depends on the group practicing it (more info can be found here). It may or may not include Shamanic techniques, and someone that is a Druid may or may not also identify as a practitioner of Shamanism.
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    Re: What's the difference between the two?

    Thanks very much to you both! The links was very useful, Thal!
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    Re: What's the difference between the two?

    Hahaha I cant believe there's actually a thread here. I have this argument all the time with my boyfriend. He thinks there's some difference (thanks world of warcraft) and then theres me going "omg babe, druids are just celtic shamans!" But thats what I find attractive about shamanism, its a simple, foundational term that explains a core element of some spiritual practice. The word itself came from Siberia. If the word hadnt evolved into something more generalized we'd all be talking about russian shamanism (and I dont think that is the case).

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    Re: What's the difference between the two?

    I don't know a lot about shamanism (or druidry really).. but first impressions leads me to think that druidry/ism is more like a set of values/beliefs whereas shamanism is a practical technique.

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    Re: What's the difference between the two?

    Quote Originally Posted by Azvanna View Post
    I don't know a lot about shamanism (or druidry really).. but first impressions leads me to think that druidry/ism is more like a set of values/beliefs whereas shamanism is a practical technique.
    Yeah, I think so too.
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    Re: What's the difference between the two?

    You forgot to say, 'Thanks, Captain Obvious!"

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    Re: What's the difference between the two?

    Quote Originally Posted by Azvanna View Post
    I don't know a lot about shamanism (or druidry really).. but first impressions leads me to think that druidry/ism is more like a set of values/beliefs whereas shamanism is a practical technique.
    You're absolutely right, though. Druidry uses practices that are shamanic in nature, but the basic beliefs of those two paths are inherently different. A while ago I visited a site on druidry where the same question was asked, and there a druid stated that in itself there isn't a huge difference besides the basic beliefs. However, he also said that shamanic practices are far more primitive then druidic ones. Though IMHO that statement is very degrading towards the shamanic community.

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    Re: What's the difference between the two?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hagazusa View Post
    ...However, he also said that shamanic practices are far more primitive then druidic ones. Though IMHO that statement is very degrading towards the shamanic community.




    I wonder why that member said such a thing. It does sound degrading. Did he expand on that?

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