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Meaning of vision quest

vi'sion quest"

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— Anthropol. Anthropol.
  1. (esp. among some North American Indians) the ritual seeking of personal communication with the spirit world through visions that are induced by fasting, prayer, and other measures during a time of isolation: typically undertaken by an adolescent male.
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