shamanism

noun
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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Other Words from shamanism

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

Examples of shamanism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web No doubt this part of Rytkheu’s story has origins in the real epidemics of the past as well as traditional beliefs in mysterious little people and shamanism. Nancy Lord, Anchorage Daily News, "Chukchi novel tells of a time when humans and whales were kin," 16 May 2020 Rather Moscow is a city west of Siberia in dire need of reform and anarchy, cheerful skies and irony, and perhaps a touch of shamanism, too. The Economist, "Siberia is an empty land filled with contradictions," 21 Dec. 2019 Rather Moscow is a city west of Siberia in dire need of reform and anarchy, cheerful skies and irony, and perhaps a touch of shamanism, too. The Economist, "Siberia is an empty land filled with contradictions," 21 Dec. 2019 Rather Moscow is a city west of Siberia in dire need of reform and anarchy, cheerful skies and irony, and perhaps a touch of shamanism, too. The Economist, "Siberia is an empty land filled with contradictions," 21 Dec. 2019 Rather Moscow is a city west of Siberia in dire need of reform and anarchy, cheerful skies and irony, and perhaps a touch of shamanism, too. The Economist, "Siberia is an empty land filled with contradictions," 21 Dec. 2019 Rather Moscow is a city west of Siberia in dire need of reform and anarchy, cheerful skies and irony, and perhaps a touch of shamanism, too. The Economist, "Siberia is an empty land filled with contradictions," 21 Dec. 2019 Rather Moscow is a city west of Siberia in dire need of reform and anarchy, cheerful skies and irony, and perhaps a touch of shamanism, too. The Economist, "Siberia is an empty land filled with contradictions," 21 Dec. 2019 Rather Moscow is a city west of Siberia in dire need of reform and anarchy, cheerful skies and irony, and perhaps a touch of shamanism, too. The Economist, "Siberia is an empty land filled with contradictions," 21 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of shamanism

1780, in the meaning defined above

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“Shamanism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shamanism. Accessed 7 Jun. 2020.

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