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Definitions for shaman
ˈʃɑ mən, ˈʃeɪ-, ˈʃæm ənshaman

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. shaman, priest-doctornoun

    in societies practicing shamanism: one acting as a medium between the visible and spirit worlds; practices sorcery for healing or divination


  1. shamannoun

    A traditional (prescientific) faith healer.

  2. shamannoun

    A member of certain tribal societies who acts as a religious medium between the concrete and spirit worlds.


  1. shaman

    Shamanism is a religious practice that involves a practitioner (shaman) interacting with the spirit world through altered states of consciousness, such as trance. The goal of this is usually to direct spirits or spiritual energies into the physical world for the purpose of healing, divination, or to aid human beings in some other way.Beliefs and practices categorized as "shamanic" have attracted the interest of scholars from a variety of disciplines, including anthropologists, archeologists, historians, religious studies scholars, philosophers and psychologists. Hundreds of books and academic papers on the subject have been produced, with a peer-reviewed academic journal being devoted to the study of shamanism. In the 20th century, non-Indigenous Westerners involved in countercultural movements, such as hippies and the New Age created modern magicoreligious practices influenced by their ideas of various Indigenous religions, creating what has been termed neoshamanism or the neoshamanic movement. It has affected the development of many neopagan practices, as well as faced a backlash and accusations of cultural appropriation, exploitation and misrepresentation when outside observers have tried to practice the ceremonies of, or represent, centuries-old cultures to which they do not belong.


  1. shaman

    A shaman is a spiritual or religious leader, often within indigenous or tribal societies, who is believed to have the ability to heal, communicate with or control spirits, perform divination and guide souls in the afterlife. This role typically involves entering altered states of consciousness or trance in order to encounter and interact with the spirit world. The role and specific practices of a shaman can vary greatly depending on culture and tradition.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shamannoun

    a priest of Shamanism; a wizard among the Shamanists

  2. Etymology: [From the native name.]


  1. Shaman

    Shaman is a fictional character, a superhero in the Marvel Comics universe and a member of Alpha Flight.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Shaman is ranked #110825 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Shaman surname appeared 159 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Shaman.

    88.6% or 141 total occurrences were White.
    6.2% or 10 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of shaman in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of shaman in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of shaman in a Sentence

  1. Arigon Starr:

    To paraphrase from Michael's work -- Native people have been relegated to the sidekick, shaman, overly sexualized or super tracker characters, we are rarely the main character or the hero.

  2. Ingeborg Oswald:

    I just have to try to get this behind me. I can't continue to hate the shaman. ... I can't let him ruin my life any more than he already has, i need to get beyond it.

  3. Lindsay Lohan:

    The positive side of it is, I’m OK. Happy New Year and God bless. Ciao, actually my shaman told me it was good luck and positive energy so God bless.

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