shamanism

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n shamanism an animistic religion of northern Asia having the belief that the mediation between the visible and the spirit worlds is effected by shamans
    • n shamanism any animistic religion similar to Asian shamanism (especially as practiced by certain Native American tribes)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Shamanism The type of religion which once prevalied among all the Ural-Altaic peoples (Tungusic, Mongol, and Turkish), and which still survives in various parts of Northern Asia. The Shaman, or wizard priest, deals with good as well as with evil spirits, especially the good spirits of ancestors.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n shamanism A general name applied to the idolatrous religions of a number of barbarous nations, comprehending those of the Finnish race, as the Ostiaks, Samoyeds, and other inhabitants of Siberia as far as the Pacific Ocean. These nations generally believe in a Supreme Being, but to this they add the belief that the government of the world is in the hands of a number of secondary gods both benevolent and malevolent toward man, and that it is absolutely necessary to propitiate them by magic rites and spells. The general belief respecting another life appears to be that the condition of man will be poorer and more wretched than the present; hence death is regarded with great dread.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Shamanism sham′an-izm a name applied loosely to the religion of the Turanian races of Siberia and north-eastern Asia, based essentially on magic and sorcery
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Perh. Hind. shaman, idolater.

Usage

In literature:

The belief that his Shamans or medicine-men practise this art is universal among savages.
"Myth, Ritual, and Religion, Vol. 1" by Andrew Lang
Not a single shaman or policeman had been left to keep it.
"Travels in Alaska" by John Muir
Each little tribe has its Shaman, or medicine man, who is historian, priest, and doctor.
"Canyons of the Colorado" by J. W. Powell
She was a Shaman in her heart and as a Shaman she appeared to them.
"The Trail Book" by Mary Austin
They've sent a dogteam to bring the Shaman down over the ice.
"The Magnetic North" by Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond)
And this for thy shamans and thy shamans' devils!
"Children of the Frost" by Jack London
Shamanism is at the present time the popular religion, if indeed there is any that can be so designated.
"Corea or Cho-sen" by A (Arnold) Henry Savage-Landor
He is often concerned with healing and with prophecy, or with the inspiration of conjurers or shamans.
"The Homeric Hymns A New Prose Translation; and Essays, Literary and Mythological" by Andrew Lang
Does the ole shaman's squaw still live in his igloo?
"The Trail of a Sourdough" by May Kellogg Sullivan
It was the medicine lodge of the shaman.
"The Gaunt Gray Wolf" by Dillon Wallace
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In poetry:

Then the Shaman, having called one of the children from the throng,
placed it upon the breast of Anhelli,
who had lain down as if to sleep,
and said to that child
"Anhelli - Chapter 5" by Juliusz Slowacki
And the Shaman said : "Whither shall I lead you?
Lo, I go the road of death ;
do ye desire that I take you and hide you under my coat
and scatter you from my skirt before the Lord God?"
"Anhelli - Chapter 3" by Juliusz Slowacki
The Shaman seated himself on the ground,
therefore, and the women and children of the fishermen surrounded him
and put to him various questions,
to which the Shaman answered with a smile, for they were trivial.
"Anhelli - Chapter 5" by Juliusz Slowacki
And lo, those exiles in the snowy tabernacle,
in the absence of the Shaman, had begun to quarrel among themselves,
and had divided into three groups ;
but each of these groups thought of the deliverance of the fatherland.
"Anhelli - Chapter 10" by Juliusz Slowacki

In news:

Crickets / Music Are There Shaman Dudes In It.
Kronos on a Shaman 's Journey.
Today Paul Pepper chats with NANCY BECK (Nurse Nancy) and GARY LANGSTON about a five-part weekend intensive apprenticeship program called, " Learn Shamanic Healing.".
Janya Build on Traditional Korean Shamanic Music.
That's where the ancient practice of shamanism could help, said C. "The shaman will go into a journey and look for that part, bring it back and restore it to the patient's body.".
Michael Smith will speak on "Why Shamanism Now".
They're coming from a shaman 's temple, where a goot, a spiritual rite, is underway.
With the shake of a rattle and blast of cologne-scented breath, TallTrees honored the south: The way of the snake, a journey of personal healing where the shaman sheds her skin and transforms her wounds.
As a visionary, the shaman shifts her perceptions.
BELMOPAN, Belize — To enter Belize's caves under Mayan rule, you had to be a member of an elite family or a shaman ready to sacrifice humans.
Dana Claxton's current exhibition at Urban Shaman is unremarkable in some ways.
Along the way he encounters a flood, a shaman, several stupid tourist moves (never leave the bus), a couple dance parties, indie-rock cameos, a pick-up soccer game and a weird friendship that starts at knifepoint.
Friday November 16, 2012 by Shamane Mills.
Lizards, shamans and a little black dress in Costa Rica .
After developing their model, Karspeck and Columbia University colleague Jeffrey Shaman ran it for the 2003-2008 flu seasons in New York.
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In science:

The Shaman Sophie is a assistant professor of physics at a large American state university.
Compression Rate Method for Empirical Science and Application to Computer Vision
Sophie is on good terms with some of the more serious students in the class, and in conversation with them has found out that the odd student is attempting to start a new naturalistic religious movement and refers to himself as a “shaman”.
Compression Rate Method for Empirical Science and Application to Computer Vision
One day while delivering a simple lecture on Newtonian mechanics, she is surprised when the shaman raises his hand and claims that physics is a propagandistic hoax designed by the elites as a way to control the population.
Compression Rate Method for Empirical Science and Application to Computer Vision
The shaman counters by claiming that the so-called “predictions” made by physics are in fact trivialities, and that he can obtain better forecasts by communing with the spirit world.
Compression Rate Method for Empirical Science and Application to Computer Vision
She then asks the shaman for his prediction.
Compression Rate Method for Empirical Science and Application to Computer Vision
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