What makes a shaman authentic?


Authentic shamans are portrayed as life-long learners, continually deepening their understanding and skills throughout their entire lives. As described by Dr. Mark Plotkin, a taita (shaman) said that despite being over 90 years old, he was still in the process of learning. This lifelong dedication to learning and service in their communities is a hallmark of genuine shamanism, and this extensive commitment contrasts sharply with the notion of quick solutions often found in modern approaches to similar roles or experiences 1 .

The Shamanic World

Dr. Mark Plotkin discusses the lifelong journey of becoming a shaman and the importance of bonding and communication in the shamanic world. He emphasizes the need to approach Ayahuasca with caution and highlights the risks of inexperienced practitioners.

Tim Ferriss Show

Dr Mark Plotkin on Ethnobotany, Real vs Fake Shamans, Hallucinogens, and More | The Tim Ferriss Show