A doctor spirit is a spirit entity that somewhat does the work of and beyond that of trained surgeons and other medical doctors. The expression ‘doctor spirit’ is a noun compound, which means two nouns are joined together to convey a more precise meaning of the denoted entity.
Generally, for noun compounds in English, the first noun modifies or describes the following noun, which identifies the object or person in question.
For the expression doctor spirits, the first noun ‘doctor’ specifies the second noun ‘spirit’ and thus makes it clear that the spirit entity is a doctor. Hence, by using the expression ‘doctor spirit’, it is unmistakably clear that the object or entity in question is a spirit who is a doctor, irregardless of the notion whether spirits exist or not.
It might sound a bit strange in the beginning but it is the most correct expression to denote the concept of a spirit entity that exercises spiritual treatment for humans’ good health.
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The expressions ‘spiritual doctor’ and ‘spirit doctor’ should not be used to denote doctor spirits. Using them is misleading and wrong by definition.
The term ‘spiritual doctor’ is an adjective-noun compound and the term ‘spirit doctor’ is a noun-noun compound. In both cases, the identifying noun is ‘doctor’ and together with the first noun conveys the idea of an actual living person whose work purportedly involves spirits or relates to the spiritual plane, and who ought to help people with their spiritual issues.
Hence, ‘spiritual doctor’ and ‘spirit doctor’ could be used to designate an actual living human being who assumingly works with, for, or on spirits, or whose actions relate to the spiritual reality.
Correct terminology is important and too often ignored by the spiritual community and people whose work is related to doctor spirits, such as volunteers at doctor spirit centres, interpreters, tour guides, documentary film makers, interviewees, etc.
There are people who name themselves spiritual doctors or spirit doctors, or who receive this designation by others. Those people’s work, not judging whether legitimate or not, neither judging the quality of their work, is different from what doctor spirits do and therefore it is important to distinguish and designate the different events carefully.
There already are plenty of misunderstandings and confusions out there in the spiritual community and the broad intangibility, which is inherent in the nature of spirituality and how we experience it, automatically causes misconceptions. Therefore, whenever possible, the most correct terminology should be used, in this case ‘doctor spirit’ when we speak about a spirit entity whose doing resembles that of a medical doctor or surgeon.