Originally posted by sonhouse
Given the choice of being a christian, islam, or shamanism, I would take shamanism hands down. We all know the millions of deaths around the world caused by islam and christianity but what do people say of the dark side of shamanism? Here is one link. About the
ritual sacrifice of animals. If thats the extent of it, its orders of magnitude better on the la ...[text shortened]... r christianity ever brought about:
For starters I don't think that Shamanism itself is a religion so much as it is a practice with its origins in Siberia. Calling Shamanism a religion is sort of like calling Witchcraft a religion. Neither are religions in and of themselves but they are practices found within the context of some religions. For example Wicca is a religion and some of the members of Wicca practice Witchcraft.
I personally find the animal sacrifice being performed in the example you gave as disgraceful. However, I don't find that always to be the case. For example if a Heathen farmer living in Maine were to raise and then sacrifice a Pig or Goose as a way of honoring their gods and then were to have a proper feast with family members that includes said animal then I consider that an honorable way to conduct an animal sacrifice. This type of practice should be no more frowned upon then going to the grocery store to buy prepackaged meat that comes from a slaughterhouse. Raise the animal properly and with respect, Sacrifice it properly and with respect, and enjoy the feast.