Sucking

Sucking
   A common method of healing illnesses employed by shamans while performing their duties as doctors. It is commonly understood that illness results from the intrusion of projectiles shot or forced into patient’s bodies by witches, sorcerers, or other predators such as animal shamans, other-than-human persons, and other aggressors. Healing shamans may first purify the patient—for example, in Amazonia, they may blow tobacco smoke over them— and then suck (with or without the aid of tubes) to remove pathogenic objects, such as darts, or “spirits” (illnesses understood as otherthanhuman persons). Sucking has also become part of the repertoire of neo-shamans.

Historical dictionary of shamanism. . 2007.

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  • Sucking — Suck ing, a. Drawing milk from the mother or dam; hence, colloquially, young, inexperienced, as, a sucking infant; a sucking calf. [1913 Webster] I suppose you are a young barrister, sucking lawyer, or that sort of thing. Thackeray. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sucking — adj. 1 (of a child, animal, etc.) not yet weaned. 2 Zool. unfledged (sucking dove). Phrases and idioms: sucking disc an organ used for adhering to a surface. sucking fish = REMORA …   Useful english dictionary

  • Sucking — Suck Suck (s[u^]k), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Sucked} (s[u^]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Sucking}.] [OE. suken, souken, AS. s[=u]can, s[=u]gan; akin to D. zuigen, G. saugen, OHG. s[=u]gan, Icel. s[=u]ga, sj[=u]ga, Sw. suga, Dan. suge, L. sugere. Cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sucking — sÊŒk n. act of sucking; sound produced by sucking; something that is is sucked v. draw into the mouth using the lips and tongue; draw in, pull in; place in the mouth and draw upon; cause to dissolve in the mouth; be repulsive or disgusting… …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Sucking bottle — Sucking Suck ing, a. Drawing milk from the mother or dam; hence, colloquially, young, inexperienced, as, a sucking infant; a sucking calf. [1913 Webster] I suppose you are a young barrister, sucking lawyer, or that sort of thing. Thackeray. [1913 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sucking fish — Sucking Suck ing, a. Drawing milk from the mother or dam; hence, colloquially, young, inexperienced, as, a sucking infant; a sucking calf. [1913 Webster] I suppose you are a young barrister, sucking lawyer, or that sort of thing. Thackeray. [1913 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sucking pump — Sucking Suck ing, a. Drawing milk from the mother or dam; hence, colloquially, young, inexperienced, as, a sucking infant; a sucking calf. [1913 Webster] I suppose you are a young barrister, sucking lawyer, or that sort of thing. Thackeray. [1913 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sucking stomach — Sucking Suck ing, a. Drawing milk from the mother or dam; hence, colloquially, young, inexperienced, as, a sucking infant; a sucking calf. [1913 Webster] I suppose you are a young barrister, sucking lawyer, or that sort of thing. Thackeray. [1913 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sucking louse — n. LOUSE (n. 1a) * * * Any of more than 400 species (suborder Anoplura, order Phthiraptera) of small, wingless, flat ectoparasitic insects found worldwide. They have piercing and sucking mouthparts for extracting their food of mammals blood and… …   Universalium

  • sucking louse — n any of an order (Anoplura) of wingless insects comprising the true lice with mouthparts adapted for sucking body fluids * * * any member of the order Anoplura …   Medical dictionary

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