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In Sami religion, a shaman who mediates between his clients and various supernatural beings and forces. To aid people suffering from illness or other serious troubles, the noaide performs a dramatic séance, which includes divination, trance, confrontation of supernatural beings, and the ritual treatment of the patient. The noaides can accomplish both good and evil, and their powers were formerly much feared.
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