Chanting is common in African, Hawaiian, and Native American, Assyrian and Australian Aboriginal cultures, Gregorian chant, Vedic chant, Qur’an reading, Islamic Dhikr, Baha’i chants, various Buddhist chants, various mantras, Jewish cantillation, and the chanting of psalms and prayers especially in Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Lutheran, and Anglican churches.
Specific forms of chanting are common for medicine men, traditional healers and spiritual leaders who serve the communities of indigenous people. Individual cultures have their own names, in their respective Indigenous languages, for the spiritual healers and ceremonial leaders in their particular cultures.
Spiritual, ceremonial and healing knowledge has been passed down for thousands of years from generation to generation. Well-trained medicine people are still very important to the communities of indigenous people.
Alternative medicine has grown in popularity and is used by a significant percentage of the population in many countries. Alternative medicine is often based on religion, tradition, superstition orbelief in supernatural energies.