This week I chose to analyze the slideshow posted called Welcoming Shamans. I really didn’t know exactly what a shaman was before looking through this link. My first thought about what a shaman was is someone who is from the Asia area of the world. I had a notion that they were someone who deals with traditional medicine but I did not know exactly how. After reading thought the slides I have a much better idea of what a shaman does and who they are. Shamans are healers who practice traditional medicine. They perform ceremonies that aim to cleanse the spirits and souls. The healers are people who are comparable to clergy in the clinical setting of medicine. They have the same status as clergy and are able to interact with patients at their request. Typically clergy are hired in the clinical setting as a way for patients to gain self-renewal. They have a unique cultural or sub-cultural context with which they carry themselves because they are not necessarily a religious person they are spiritual but are able to converse with patients about religious things if the patient pleases which is what a shaman seems to do as well. The shamans don’t seem to have a very high social status in our American culture but they do in the countries where this type of medicine is the most prominent and easy to access. Recently in California a hospital allowed shamans the same status as the clergy. Healthcare in this system is more of a way to clear the mind and put stresses at ease. The body and symptoms are understood in a sense of ridding the body of the bad and then the body can be flooded with the good. Shamans use the burning of paper or herbs, the sound of music, and sacrifice to ward off bad energy.