a mode of thought and more importantly behavior based on the BELIEF that the SPIRITS of the dead and other spirits interact and sometimes even communicate with the living. Such intercourse normally takes place through dreams, illness and unusual events which reveal the presence of a spirit. When the spirit disturbs the living, a SHAMAN or similar religious expert is called in to solve the problem and if appropriate directly contact the spirit or spirits concerned. Appeasement of the spirit often involves SACRIFICE and RITUALS which appear similar to GROUP therapy.

Concise dictionary of Religion. 2012.

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