Among North American Indians and some other aboriginal peoples, a person believed to possess magical or supernatural powers. Like the
shaman and the African witch doctor, the medicine man was a specialist in the use of supernatural healing agencies. Usually the medicine man's functions were quite extensive, and he served not only as healer of bodily diseases but as tribal priest, with powers to inflict pain, promote fertility, and secure good hunting.

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