Definition of pawang in English:



  • (in Malaysia and Indonesia) a person regarded as having spiritual and healing powers.

    • ‘But most pawang are now over fifty, and young people are no longer training to become pawang.’
    • ‘Since the departmental pawang died, the forestry department has had to hire pawang to help track errant tigers.’
    • ‘To deal with tiger attacks, the forestry department regularly uses the skills of the pawang.’
    • ‘Villagers wanted to poison the tiger, but the local authorities and the village heads sought the help of a traditional tiger expert a pawang.’
    • ‘There is also a pawang (shaman), who fasts and meditates to ensure the building is blessed by God.’
    • ‘When possible, farmers prefer to have a pawang work in this capacity, a person with special esoteric knowledge.’
    medicine man, medicine woman, healer
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