[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 shamanistic
Greenspan cultivated an oracular air, his utterances vague and technocratic yet hinting at shamanistic powers.Bernanke's Arrogance Problem
December 6, 2010
In 1980 he added Trois Villes Saintes, a barely readable exercise in shamanistic geography.If He Had to be French...
October 9, 2008
Sumerian religion had originally been 'Shamanistic' in character.A Primer of Assyriology
Archibald Henry Sayce
Color symbolism plays an important part in the shamanistic system of the Cherokees, no less than in that of other tribes.The Sacred Formulas of the Cherokees
Page 207: The use of robes made of the hides of buffalo and other large animals, painted with shamanistic devices, is mentioned.The Origin of the Werewolf Superstition
Caroline Taylor Stewart
The religion of the poem is peculiar; it is a Shamanistic animism, overlaid with Christianity.Kalevala, Volume I (of 2)
The alien rulers, accordingly, showed interest in the Chinese shamans as well as in the shamanistic aspects of Mahayana Buddhism.A history of China., [3d ed. rev. and enl.]
- 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 shamanistic
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