[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

First recorded in 1770–80; shaman + -ism
Related formssha·man·ist, noun, adjectivesha·man·is·tic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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
Derived Formsshamanist, noun, adjectiveshamanistic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for shamanism

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

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