[shah-muhn, shey-, sham-uhn]
(especially among certain tribal peoples) a person who acts as intermediary between the natural and supernatural worlds, using magic to cure illness, foretell the future, control spiritual forces, etc.

1690–1700; < German Schamane < Russian shamán, probably < Evenki šamān, samān

shamanic [shuh-man-ik] , adjective Unabridged
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shaman (ˈʃæmən)
1.  a priest of shamanism
2.  a medicine man of a similar religion, esp among certain tribes of North American Indians
[C17: from Russian shaman, from Tungusian ̆saman, from Pali samana Buddhist monk, ultimately from Sanskrit śrama religious exercise]

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Word Origin & History

1698, "priest of the Ural-Altaic peoples," probably via Ger. Schamane, from Rus. shaman, from Tungus shaman, which is perhaps from Chinese sha men "Buddhist monk," from Prakrit samaya-, from Skt. sramana-s "Buddhist ascetic."
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Example sentences for shamanic
They were animistic and shamanic in their religious practices.
The world is as you dream it shamanic teachings from the amazon and andes.
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