shamanism

noun sha·man·ism \ ˈshä-mə-ˌni-zəm , ˈshā-mə- also shə-ˈmä- \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of shamanism

: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

shamanist

play \ˈshä-mə-nist, ˈshā-mə- also shə-ˈmä-\ noun

shamanistic

play \ˌshä-mə-ˈni-stik, ˌshā-mə-\ adjective

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1780


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