[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
Related formssha·man·ist, noun, adjectivesha·man·is·tic, adjective
First recorded in 1770–80; shaman
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Examples from the Web for shamanism
Historical Examples of shamanism
Cosmic origins, however, seem to be felt as allied to shamanism and doctoring.
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.
In some other Buddhist countries a kind of Shamanism is practically dominant.
To describe exactly what Shamanism is would be no easy task.
British Dictionary definitions for shamanism
Derived Formsshamanist, noun, adjectiveshamanistic, adjective
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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