American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The animistic religion of certain peoples of northern Asia in which mediation between the visible and spirit worlds is effected by shamans.
- n. A similar religion or set of beliefs, especially among certain Native American peoples.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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.
- n. a range of traditional beliefs and practices concerned with communication with the spirit world
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. 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.
- n. any animistic religion similar to Asian shamanism (especially as practiced by certain Native American tribes)
- n. an animistic religion of northern Asia having the belief that the mediation between the visible and the spirit worlds is effected by shamans
- shaman + -ism (Wiktionary)
“While rituals and paraphernalia may differ somewhat from one place to another, shamanism is one of the earliest forms of religious experience.”
“One characteristic feature of shamanism is the "out-of-body" experience, in which the shaman leaves his or her physical body in the material world while the spiritual body travels to the spirit world in search of transcendental knowledge to bring back to the people.”
“A vitally important aspect of the practice of shamanism is understanding right relationship with power, and the acts and implements of power, such as sage, ceder, feathers, the drum, ceremony, disincarnate spirits, totem animals and allies.”
“And the shaman -- I did a whole series on shamanism, which is a-- an interesting phenomenon.”
“This knowledge has been available within various wisdom traditions (such as shamanism and occult and mystery schools) yet kept out of the public domain.”
“For the record, I'm a Pagan myself, so I'm intimately familiar with Wicca, New Ageism, Native American "shamanism" a misnomer et al.”
“One untutored, or extremely lazy, might possibly even dispense with that much after a time and play directly with the raw forces, a kind of shamanism, as opposed to the Higher Magic's purity-like that of a balanced equation-producing a maximum effect from a minimum of effort.”
“I wonder how easily will people be able to use this as their only device and never have to use a computer using a regular operating system with all the issues and 'shamanism' required to run one?”
“The bibliography that follows is a copy of the listing for books found in the U S Library of Congress Catalog under the heading of "shamanism".”
“I used the S-word in a column last week ( "shamanism"), and received from my readers so many puzzled queries that I will now try to explain myself further.”
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