vision quest

noun Anthropology.
(especially among some North American Indians) the ritual seeking of personal communication with the spirit world through visions that are induced by fasting, prayer, and other measures during a time of isolation: typically undertaken by an adolescent male.

1920–25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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