Probably for as long as humanity has been able to conceive of “yesterday”, “today”, and “tomorrow”, people have wanted to know what tomorrow holds in store. Since the spirits live in a timeless dimension, they are considered to have larger, longer, wider perspectives regarding the trajectories of the universe than we people can possibly have. Hence for millennia, we have consulted them in one way or another, in our attempts to answer questions about the future. The very word “divination”, which means “the act of foretelling” reflects the fact that from ancient times prophecy has been considered to be generated by divinities or spirits.
Because of their familiarity with the spirits, shamans are often asked to serve as intermediaries between them and those seeking answers about how events may unfold.