Entry from British & World English dictionary
A Jamaican folk religion focused on the power of ancestors, typically involving drumming, dancing, spirit possession, ritual sacrifice, and herbalism.
- 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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