shamanism


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sha·man·ism

 (shä′mə-nĭz′əm, shā′-)
n.
1. The animistic religion of certain peoples of northern Asia in which mediation between the visible and spirit worlds is effected by shamans.
2. A similar religion or set of beliefs, especially among certain Native American peoples.

sha′man·ist n.
sha′man·is′tic adj.

shamanism

(ˈʃæməˌnɪzəm)
n
1. (Other Non-Christian Religions) the religion of certain peoples of northern Asia, based on the belief that the world is pervaded by good and evil spirits who can be influenced or controlled only by the shamans
2. (Other Non-Christian Religions) any similar religion involving forms of spiritualism
ˈshamanist n, adj
ˌshamanˈistic adj

sha•man•ism

(ˈʃɑ məˌnɪz əm, ˈʃeɪ-, ˈʃæm ə-)

n.
1. the animistic religion of N Asia, embracing a belief in powerful spirits that can be influenced only by shamans.
2. any similar religion.
[1770–80]
sha′man•ist, n., adj.
sha`man•is′tic, adj.

shamanism

1. the tenets of the primitive religion of northern Asia, especially a belief in powerful spirits who can be influenced only by shamans in their double capacity of priest and doctor.
2. any similar religion, as among American Indians. — shamanist, n. — shamanistic, adj.
See also: Religion

shamanism

A shaman is a religious specialist but, unlike a priest, a shaman does not belong to a Church. Personal mystical experience forms the basis of the shaman’s spiritual knowledge such as healing, protecting through magic, and offering spiritual guidance. The term originally comes from Siberia but anthropologists have used it to describe certain individuals in cultures all round the world.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.shamanism - any animistic religion similar to Asian shamanism (especially as practiced by certain Native American tribes)
faith, religion, religious belief - a strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny; "he lost his faith but not his morality"
U.S.A., United States, United States of America, US, USA, America, the States, U.S. - North American republic containing 50 states - 48 conterminous states in North America plus Alaska in northwest North America and the Hawaiian Islands in the Pacific Ocean; achieved independence in 1776
2.shamanism - an animistic religion of northern Asia having the belief that the mediation between the visible and the spirit worlds is effected by shamansshamanism - an animistic religion of northern Asia having the belief that the mediation between the visible and the spirit worlds is effected by shamans
faith, religion, religious belief - a strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny; "he lost his faith but not his morality"
Translations

shamanism

[ˈʃæməˌnɪzəm] Nchamanismo m

shamanism

[ˈʃeɪmənɪzəm] nchamanisme m

shamanism

nSchamanismus m

shamanism

n. curanderismo.
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