[shah-muh-niz-uh m, 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.
Origin of shamanism
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Examples from the Web for shamanism
Cosmic origins, however, seem to be felt as allied to shamanism and doctoring.Seven Mohave Myths
A. L. Kroeber
Their religion is a hotchpotch of Shamanism, Mahommedanism and Christianity.
It would seem that the characteristic traits of shamanism are common to all the Eskimo tribes.Man, Past and Present
Agustus Henry Keane
In some other Buddhist countries a kind of Shamanism is practically dominant.
To describe exactly what Shamanism is would be no easy task.
- 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
- any similar religion involving forms of spiritualism
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Word Origin and History for shamanism
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