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shamanism

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noun sha·man·ism \-ˌni-zəm\

Definition of shamanism

  1. :  a religion practiced by indigenous peoples of far northern Europe and Siberia that is characterized by belief in an unseen world of gods, demons, and ancestral spirits responsive only to the shamans; also :  any similar religion

sha·man·ist play \-nist\ noun
sha·man·is·tic play \ˌshä-mə-ˈnis-tik, ˌshā-mə-\ adjective


1780

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1780


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