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

Other Words from shamanism

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Mountains in Korea are sacred places in animism and shamanism, whose traces can still be seen in Korean Seon Buddhism. Condé Nast Traveler, 31 Dec. 2021 Some weird ones, like occultism, shamanism, and various Eastern spiritual paths., 27 Oct. 2021 Menla offers an array of group retreats focusing on everything from Buddhism to yoga, shamanism, and even conscious dying. Katie Jackson, Travel + Leisure, 20 Mar. 2021 Her practice pulls from Traditional Chinese Medicine, shamanism, Ayurveda, and current studies of energetics. Washington Post, 18 Mar. 2021 Chansley’s belief in shamanism has surfaced in court in the past. Joe Walsh, Forbes, 24 Feb. 2021 Cohen eventually took a 4-week intensive on Jewish shamanism, and soon started blending games with his religious practice. Eli Reiter, Wired, 21 Jan. 2021 Working in all media, contemporary artists continue to evolve the form, drawing from a prismatic array of philosophies, traditions and cultural movements — from ecofeminism and shamanism to Mexicayotl and Black Power. Steffie Nelson, Los Angeles Times, 15 Dec. 2020 Such is the case of Huautla, in the state of Oaxaca, a town well known among tourists for its shamanism and its Day of the Dead traditions. Rodrigo Cervantes, The Arizona Republic, 31 Oct. 2020 See More

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1780, in the meaning defined above

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“Shamanism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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