- (especially among certain tribal peoples) a person who acts as intermediary between the natural and supernatural worlds, using magic to cure illness, foretell the future, control spiritual forces, etc.
Origin of shaman
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Historical Examples of shamanic
Others are Shamanists, and their most sacred spot is the Shamanic stone at the mouth of the river Angar.
- a priest of shamanism
- a medicine man of a similar religion, esp among certain tribes of North American Indians
Word Origin for shaman
1690s, "priest of the Ural-Altaic peoples," probably via German Schamane, from Russian sha'man, from Tungus saman, which is perhaps from Chinese sha men "Buddhist monk," from Prakrit samaya-, from Sanskrit sramana-s "Buddhist ascetic" [OED]. Related: Shamanic.