What is the difference?
The Ancestors' Secrets Trilogy and Cursed Bloodline.
In my next novel, the Táltos will have a bigger role.
In Magyar (Hungarian) mythology the Táltos is often mistaken for Shaman and even in Wikipedia, the Táltos is called "Hungarian Shaman", but there is a difference.
Shaman means “man of knowledge”, man of obtained knowledge.
A good example for a “shaman” is Odin, from Scandinavian mythology, who transcends to the upper, heavenly realm to bring knowledge to the lower realm, the human world.
A Táltos may achieve a state of trance on his/her own. This is called “révület”, when a Táltos is in trance he/she “révül”.
The name Táltos may be translated as “widened” or transcendent, transcendental, as in having the abilities that are beyond the human world.
The Táltos comes from the upper world to the world of man to teach the heavenly knowledge.
A Táltos knows his/her duties on Earth from birth and needs no guides, knows where they're needed and when they're needed. Their abilities are limitless and are used to set things right, and to heal and teach. A Táltos may be both male or female.
In the Magyar archaic traditions Jesus is known as the “Heavenly Táltos” (Égi Táltos).