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shaman

(shä′mən, shā′-)
n. pl. shamans
A member of certain traditional societies, especially of northern Asia and of North and South America, who acts as a medium between the visible world and an invisible spirit world and who practices magic or sorcery for purposes of healing, divination, and control over natural events.

sha·man′ic (shə-măn′ĭk) adj.

shaman

A “medicine man” or witch doctor from an aboriginal society, whose healing ability are attributed to trance-like or “supernatural” states.

sha·man

(shah'măn)
The name given among indigenous people (Native Americans, Innu, First Nations) to a healer, whose therapies range from chant and ritual to use of herbs.

shaman

(sha'mun) (sho'-) [Russ., ascetic]
A healer (usually from a tribal or preindustrial culture) who uses non-Western practices and techniques, including faith healing, spirituality, psychological manipulation, chanting, rituals, magic, and culturally meaningful symbolism to restore health or well-being to the sick.
Synonym: medicine man See: shamanism
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Korean shamans interact with gods and ancestors by divining their presence and will, by doing a variety of small rituals to placate them and sustain their favor, and by performing kut to feast and entertain them.
Hmong shamans operate with a whole gamut of evil spirit images associated with the specific symptoms of an illness.
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Basically, the older shaman had noticed him and singled him out.
However, the experiences of highly hypnotizable dissociaters more closely resemble what happens in spirit possessions, as experienced by shamans and others in traditional cultures, Cardena says.
Shamans called to horned serpents to bring rain; dealt with snakes; and raised, sacrificed, and interred macaws as ritual offerings to perpetuate water and fertility.
Moreover, evidence indicates that shamans or other spiritual authorities conducted elaborate rituals in many caves.
com recently announced two critical milestones: first, the launch of its first botanical dietary Supplement, SB-Normal Stool Formula, which delivers a standardized extract from the sap of the Croton lechleri tree that has been used for centuries by shamans in the amazon rainforest to prevent fluid loss and promote normal stool formation in the intestine; and the successful fund-raising of $10.
In the shadowy recesses of French and Spanish caves, the weathered confines of South African and North American rock shelters, and the dank innards of massive Irish stone tombs, ancient shamans and their otherworldly visions are coming back to life.
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