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 (shä′mə-nĭz′əm, shā′-)
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.
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Adj.1.shamanist - of or relating to shamanism
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During the Joseon Kingdom, various types of jihwa appeared in "uigwe" or royal protocols, as well as Buddhist and local shamanist rituals.
How else can any educated person react to the following description of the book Darwinist Dictatorship: "Darwinism is a Shamanist religion.
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Bruce Privatsky opposes viewing the Kazakhs as nominal Muslims who guarded "many pre-Islamic shamanist traditions" and who expressed an "indifference to Islamic practice and values" (Privatsky 2001:10).
Ghengis Khan was builder of Mongol Empire who was a Shamanist (not Muslim) who had also killed and plundered north India.
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Ruthless voices lost no time making themselves heard in the face of this tragedy; there are those who blame the country itself for being Hindu, shamanist or communist, or temples for sacrificing animals.
In particular, the Orthodox representatives strongly objected to the presentation of a Korean theologian Chung Hyun Kyung, who, at the opening plenary, presented a Korean women's liberation theology in the form of a shamanist exorcism.
Another face of Korean Christianity, however, comes with the five o'clock morning prayers, the long free prayers in tongues, and the prayer mountains, which are all closer to the peninsula's primal shamanist religiosity.
While South Korea is only 10 percent Catholic, it is perched on Confucian respect for authority and shamanist appreciation for gods and religion.
Researchers believe the cave was never permanently inhabited by humans ''but was instead of a sacred character'' and ''used for shamanist ritual practice''.