Shamanism vs Witchcraft - What's the difference?

shamanism | witchcraft |


As nouns the difference between shamanism and witchcraft

is that shamanism is a range of traditional beliefs and practices concerned with communication with the spirit world while witchcraft is the practice of witches; magic, sorcery or the use supernatural powers to influence or predict events.

shamanism

Noun

  • a range of traditional beliefs and practices concerned with communication with the spirit world
  • witchcraft

    Noun

    (en-noun)
  • The practice of witches; magic, sorcery or the use supernatural powers to influence or predict events.
  • * 1387 , John Trevisa (transl.), Polychronicon Ranulphi Higden Monachi Cestrensis , chapter XLIV:
  • And in þat ilond is sortilege and wicchecraft i-vsed. For wommen þere selliþ schipmen wynde, as it were i-closed vnder þre knottes of þrede, so þat þe more wynd he wol haue, he wil vnknette þe mo knottes.
    Wiccans believe in a modernised form of witchcraft .

    See also

    * spellcraft * gypsycraft English words suffixed with -craft