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shamanism

[shah-muh-niz-uh m, shey-, sham-uh-] /ˈʃɑ məˌnɪz əm, ˈʃeɪ-, ˈʃæm ə-/
noun
1.
the animistic religion of northern Asia, embracing a belief in powerful spirits that can be influenced only by shamans.
2.
any similar religion.
Origin
1770-1780
1770-80; shaman + -ism
Related forms
shamanist, noun, adjective
shamanistic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for shamanists

shamanism

/ˈʃæməˌnɪzəm/
noun
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
Derived Forms
shamanist, noun, adjective
shamanistic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for shamanists

shamanism

n.

1780, from shaman + -ism. Related: Shamanistic.

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