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myalism

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

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Definition of myalism in English:

noun

[mass noun]
A Jamaican folk religion focused on the power of ancestors, typically involving drumming, dancing, spirit possession, ritual sacrifice, and herbalism.

Origin

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

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