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Nathan Kudajczyk wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • Would being a Shaman be considered a sin in the Catholic faith?

It's not me, but one of my friends in school, who is interested in becoming a Shaman. I've done some research and I've found that Shamanism doesn't worship any Idols or gods but just nature. It's just something that's been annoying me for quite a while.

I'd love to hear from a reliable source and not friends.

Nathan

  { Would being a 'Shaman' be considered a sin in the Catholic faith? }

John replied:

Hi, Nathan —

Thanks for your question.

The worship of nature is known as paganism. Anytime we worship anything created, rather than the Creator, we commit idolatry. Being a Shaman is a pagan practice. Not only is it a sin,
it opens oneself up to the demonic realm. One might not intend to do so, but whenever we engage in any occult activity, such as:

  • Shamanism
  • Witchcraft
  • Tarot Cards
  • Fortune Telling
  • Astrology, and so forth

not only do we sin, but are inviting Satan and his minions into our lives.

John

Mary Ann replied:

Nathan —

A shaman is one who tries to manipulate natural forces using powers from the spirit world with which he is said to communicate. Many religious belief systems have shamans, and their practices vary, but their intent is to solve problems or heal by being a medium of the spirits.

At the most benign, they deify aspects of nature, and they may use herbs (which can be rooted in folk knowledge of their good uses) and magic (secret words and movements) to focus the powers on the task at hand.

Nevertheless, we know that Christ is the Only Way to the Father, and that all good things come from the Father through Him. Opening oneself to use by spirits means opening oneself to bad spirits. In addition, it is a sin of superstition to ascribe to magical words and actions, a power that belongs to God alone.

So using shamanism is:

  • a sin of superstition
  • an offense against the first commandment, and
  • becoming a shaman is a form of apostasy by entering into another belief system, a pagan one, albeit one that carries vestiges of truth.

Mary Ann

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