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sha·man

 (shä′mən, shā′-)
n. pl. sha·mans
A member of certain traditional societies, especially of northern Asia and of North and South America, who acts as a medium between the visible world and an invisible spirit world and who practices magic or sorcery for purposes of healing, divination, and control over natural events.

[Russian, from Evenki šaman, Buddhist monk, shaman, perhaps from Tocharian B ṣamāne, monk, from Prakrit (dialect of documents from the ancient city of Niya in the Taklimakan) ṣamana, from Sanskrit śramaṇaḥ, from śramaḥ, religious exercise, from śramati, he toils, practices austerity.]

sha·man′ic (shə-măn′ĭk) adj.

shaman

(ˈʃæmən)
n
1. (Other Non-Christian Religions) a priest of shamanism
2. (Other Non-Christian Religions) a medicine man of a similar religion, esp among certain tribes of North American Indians
[C17: from Russian shaman, from Tungusic s̆aman, from Pali samana Buddhist monk, ultimately from Sanskrit śrama religious exercise]
shamanic adj

sha•man

(ˈʃɑ mən, ˈʃeɪ-, ˈʃæm ən)

n.
(esp. among certain tribal peoples) a person who acts as intermediary between the natural and supernatural worlds, using magic to cure illness, foretell the future, control spiritual forces, etc.
[1690–1700; < German Schamane < Russian shamán, probably < Evenki šamān, samān]
sha•man•ic (ʃəˈmæn ɪk) adj.

shaman

Sometimes called a medicine man, these are people who have magic powers resulting from contact with the supernatural. Common in the religion of the Inuits, Maoris, Mongolians, Polynesians and Native Americans. In some cases, they may be female.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.shaman - in societies practicing shamanism: one acting as a medium between the visible and spirit worldsshaman - in societies practicing shamanism: one acting as a medium between the visible and spirit worlds; practices sorcery for healing or divination
non-Christian priest, priest - a person who performs religious duties and ceremonies in a non-Christian religion
medicine man - a Native American shaman

shaman

noun witch doctor, medicine man, medicine woman, healer, sorcerer, spirit-raiser, voodooist the full control of a shaman
Translations
šaman
poppamiesshamaani
šaman
무당

shaman

[ˈʃæmən] Nchamán m

shaman

[ˈʃeɪmən] n (= holy man) → chaman m

shaman

[ˈʃæmən] nsciamano

shaman

n. curandero.

shaman

n chamán -mana mf, brujo -ja mf
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