[shah-muh-niz-uhm, shey-, sham-uh-]
the animistic religion of northern Asia, embracing a belief in powerful spirits that can be influenced only by shamans.
any similar religion.

1770–80; shaman + -ism

shamanist, noun, adjective
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shamanism (ˈʃæməˌnɪzəm)
1.  the religion of certain peoples of northern Asia, based on the belief that the world is pervaded by good and evil spirits who can be influenced or controlled only by the shamans
2.  any similar religion involving forms of spiritualism
n, —adj

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It's has information about the placebo effect and it's use in shamanism and how it might be used in modern medicine.
They have invited me down to see their operations and to witness the plant shamanism for myself.
Hence the parallel emergence of shamanism throughout the prehistoric world.
Shamanism--traditional spirit worship--is still practiced.
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