the religion of certain peoples, esp. some indigenous to N Asia, based on a belief in good and evil spirits who can be influenced only by the shamans
- The animistic religion of certain peoples of northern Asia in which mediation between the visible and spirit worlds is effected by shamans.
- A similar religion or set of beliefs, especially among certain Native American peoples.
(countable and uncountable, plural shamanisms)
- a range of traditional beliefs and practices concerned with communication with the spirit world
shaman +"Ž -ism