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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.shamanistic - of or relating to shamanism
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As well, the modern sect Omotokyo, which claimed shamanistic roots, experienced persecution by the government, but also operates today.
There he reminds us that Greek classical drama is not the only source for the modern stage, which also has links to the storytelling traditions and shamanistic rituals of Central Asia.
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In her informative introduction Turchi acknowledges that the word "shaman" has never been used in regard to customs on the island of Sardinia, but she maintains that shamanistic practices have survived from the pre-nuragic neolithic period when shamanism was imported with the wave of Asian migration.
The cross-cultural distribution of essentially identical shamanistic practices and beliefs implies a biological basis for these spiritual healing practices.
Shamanism and the Ancient Mind synthesises recent shamanistic approaches to archaeological interpretation.
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In part 4, "Shamanistic Mediation of Meaning," Michael Ripinsky-Naxon presents "Shamanistic Knowledge and Cosmology." The chapter discusses polar bi-unity, whereby the union of opposites synthesizes a psycho-epistemological understanding of the universe.
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It's about shamanistic themes that I'm personally interested in.