Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 58, Issue 6, pp 2019–2035 | Cite as

Health and Ancient Beliefs: A Scientometric Analysis of Health Literature Related to Shamanism, Paganism and Spirituality

  • Engin ŞenelEmail author
Original Paper


Scientometrics is a popular statistical application providing data revealing publication trends and patterns in a certain academic field. A quite limited number of studies investigating scientometric features of health and religion literature have been reported in academic literature. The present study aims to present a holistic analysis of health literature related to Shamanism, Paganism and Spirituality. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study in this field. All data of this analysis were yielded from Web of Science databases. All documents produced between 1975 and 2017 were included. In Shamanism and health field, a total of 157 documents were found, and the USA covering 35.67% of all the literature was the leading country. University of California System (USA) was the most contributor institution. Our search on Paganism and health literature retrieved 51 published documents, and the most productive institution was National Dong Hwa University from Taiwan. A total of 7862 documents were detected in Spirituality and health literature, and the most prolific author in this field was Koenig HG with 82 papers. Journal of Religion and Health was noted to be the predominant academic source in health literature related to ancient beliefs. The number of the publications produced in Spirituality and health literature was greater than total number of all documents published in health literature related to Abrahamic religions, Dharmic religions, Shamanism and Paganism.


Health Shamanism Paganism Spirituality Scientometrics Bibliometrics 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Dermatology and VenereologyHitit University Faculty of MedicineÇorumTurkey
  2. 2.Traditional and Complementary Research and Application CenterHitit UniversityÇorumTurkey
  3. 3.Beekeeping and Bee Products Research and Application CenterHitit UniversityÇorumTurkey

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