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
shamanistplay \-nist\ noun
shamanisticplay \ˌshä-mə-ˈnis-tik, ˌshā-mə-\ adjective
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This is magic, shamanism, over which language and rational laws do not rule.
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.
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