medicine man noun
: a person in Native American cultures who is believed to have magic powers that can cure illnesses and keep away evil spirits
: a priestly healer or sorcerer especially among the American Indians : shaman
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medicine man noun (Concise Encyclopedia)
Priestly healer or shaman, especially among the American Indians. The medicine man (often a woman in some societies) commonly carries a kit of objects such as feathers, stones, or hallucinogenic plants that have magical associations. The work of healing often involves the extractionby sucking, pulling, or other meansof offending substances from the patient's body. Singing, recitation of myths, and other ceremonies often accompany the healing rite.
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