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also shiv·ah or shib·ah  (shĭv′ə)
n. Judaism
A seven-day period of formal mourning observed after the funeral of a close relative.

[Yiddish shive, from Hebrew šib'â, seven; see šbʕ in Semitic roots.]


 (shē′və) also Si·va (shē′və, sē′-)
n. Hinduism
One of the principal Hindu deities, worshiped as the destroyer and restorer of worlds and in numerous other forms. Shiva is often conceived as a member of the Trimurti, along with Brahma and Vishnu.

[Sanskrit śivaḥ, from śiva-, auspicious, dear; see kei- in Indo-European roots.]

Shi′va·ism, Si′va·ism n.
Shi′va·ist, Si′va·ist n.


(ˈsiːvəˌɪzəm; ˈsɪvə-)
(Hinduism) the cult of Siva
ˈSivaist n
ˌSivaˈistic adj

Sivaism, Shivaism, Saivism

a cult made up of the worshipers of Siva, the destroyer-god of the Hindu trinity. — Sivaite, n.
See also: Hinduism
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Sivaism - a Hindu sect worshiping Shiva
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
Shivaist - worshipper of Shiva
2.Sivaism - worship of Shiva one of the 3 chief gods of the Hindu pantheon
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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It shows perfectly how Sivaism and Buddhism blended in the Old Javanese world.
The text is concerned with the dual religions of the Majapahit Empire: Buddhism, the religion of contemplation and scholarship, and Hindu Sivaism, best understood as the religion of state affairs.