medicine man


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

Full Definition of MEDICINE MAN

:  a priestly healer or sorcerer especially among the American Indians :  shaman

First Known Use of MEDICINE MAN

1801

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 extraction—by sucking, pulling, or other means—of offending substances from the patient's body. Singing, recitation of myths, and other ceremonies often accompany the healing rite.

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