sha·​man·​ism | \ ˈshä-mə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce shamanism (audio) , ˈshā-mə- also shə-ˈmä-\

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

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shamanist \ ˈshä-​mə-​nist How to pronounce shamanist (audio) , ˈshā-​mə-​ also  shə-​ˈmä-​ \ noun
shamanistic \ ˌshä-​mə-​ˈni-​stik How to pronounce shamanistic (audio) , ˌshā-​mə-​ \ adjective

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Henrikson ruminates on other purposes the trees might have served, including rites of passage for young adults, shamanism and even astronomy. Anchorage Daily News, "What made the hollowed out ‘fire trees’ of the Tongass? An artist turns investigator to find an answer," 23 June 2018 The elderly man shared his knowledge of shamanism, yoga, kung fu, and peyote, which Castaneda wrote about in several books. Los Angeles Magazine, "A Brief History of L.A.’s Most Notorious Cults," 23 Apr. 2018 As such, technicians at Miraval are versed in shamanism and energetic healing, as well as in more standard practices like massage. Vogue, "Bachelorette Party Ideas for the Bride Who Believes in Magic," 1 Nov. 2017 He and his political strategists drew heavily on Korean history and culture, in addition to mysticism, shamanism, and Christianity, to craft their singular version of Marxism-Leninism. Jean H. Lee, Esquire, "Inside Kim Jong-un's Bloody Scramble to Kill Off His Family," 11 Aug. 2017 This is magic, shamanism, over which language and rational laws do not rule. Leilah Bernstein, Los Angeles Magazine, "This Ballet About Tchaikovsky Reveals the Composer’s Talent and Torment," 23 June 2017 Growing up in a Hmong family that practiced shamanism accustomed Mai Der Vang to seeing things in both a literal and figurative way at the same time. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "In 'Afterland,' Mai Der Vang portrays the exodus of Hmong from Laos to U.S.," 23 June 2017

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First Known Use of shamanism

1780, in the meaning defined above

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