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shiv·aalso shiv·ah or shib·ah (shĭv′ə)
A seven-day period of formal mourning observed after the funeral of a close relative.
Shi·va(shē′və) also Si·va (shē′və, sē′-)
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.
Shi′va·ism, Si′va·ism n.
Shi′va·ist, Si′va·ist n.
(Hinduism) the cult of Siva
Sivaism, Shivaism, Saivism
a cult made up of the worshipers of Siva, the destroyer-god of the Hindu trinity. — Sivaite, n.See also: Hinduism
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|Noun||1.||Sivaism - a Hindu sect worshiping Shiva|
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