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 (shäk′tə, säk′-)
n. Hinduism
One who worships Shakti.

[Sanskrit śāktaḥ, from śaktiḥ, Shakti; see Shakti.]

Shak′tism n.
Shak′tist n.


(ˈʃʌk tɪz əm, ˈʃɑk-)

(in Hinduism) the worship of Shakti as the wife of Shiva.

Shaktism, Saktism

1. a Hindu sect worshipping Shakti as a mother goddess under such names as Kali and Durga through contemplation and humility; right-hand Shaktism.
2. a Hindu Tantric sect worshiping Shakti as the feminine principle of gen-eration through rites involving ritual eating and orgy; left-hand Shaktism. See also Tantrism. — Shakta, Shakti, n., adj.
See also: Hinduism
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Shaktism - a Hindu sect worshiping Shakti
Hindooism, Hinduism - the religion of most people in India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Nepal
religious order, religious sect, sect - a subdivision of a larger religious group
Shaktist - worshipper of Shakti
2.Shaktism - worship of Shakti as the wife of Shiva
Hindooism, Hinduism - a body of religious and philosophical beliefs and cultural practices native to India and based on a caste system; it is characterized by a belief in reincarnation, by a belief in a supreme being of many forms and natures, by the view that opposing theories are aspects of one eternal truth, and by a desire for liberation from earthly evils
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