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myalism Line breaks: my¦al|ism
Pronunciation: /ˈmʌɪəlɪz(ə)m/

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Definition of myalism in English:


[mass noun]
A Jamaican folk religion focused on the power of ancestors, typically involving drumming, dancing, spirit possession, ritual sacrifice, and herbalism.
Example sentences
  • He was sometimes called upon by other missionaries to travel to distant places during a revival of obeah and myalism during the early 1840s.
  • The centrality of myalism in the novel indicates the constant process of creolization that is sustained by elements from the different cultures that make up Caribbean communities.
  • The other, myalism, was intended to counteract obeah.


Mid 19th century: from myal, in the same sense (perhaps from Hausa mayl 'sorcerer'), + -ism.

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