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shamanism

sha·man·ism

shamanism

pronunciation:
sha m nih zm [or] sheI m nih zm [or] shae m nih zm
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a religion native to northern Asia based on a belief in supernatural spirits that can be contacted by shamans.
definition 2: any similar religion, such as that practiced by certain American Indians.
derivations: shamanist (adj.), shamanistic (adj.), shamanist (n.)