Meaning of shamanism

sha•man•ism

Pronunciation: (shä'mu-niz"um, shā'-, sham'u-), [key]
— n.
  1. the animistic religion of northern Asia, embracing a belief in powerful spirits that can be influenced only by shamans.
  2. any similar religion.
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