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Animism: Or, Thought Currents of Primitive Peoples (Forgotten Books)

Animism (from Latin anima, “soul“) is the belief that souls inhabit all or most objects. Animism attributes personalized souls to animals, vegetables, and minerals wherein the material object is-to some degree-governed by the qualities which compose its particular soul. Animistic religions generally do not accept a sharp distinction between spirit and matter, and they generally assume that this unification of matter and spirit plays a role in daily life.

Animism may also be understood as the belief that “the world is a sacred place and humans belong in such a world“. From this point of view, animism may be considered diametrically opposed to the viewpoint of most major religions. All of the long standing, “major” historical civilized religions describe the earth as either a place of inevitable suffering (Buddhist) or sin (Christian), and as something to escape or transcend. This is overly simplified but nevertheless highlights the difference from the view that the world is sacred and humans belong here.

More generally, animism is simply the belief in souls. In this general sense, animism is present in nearly all religions. (Quote from

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  1. A.L. DuBois says

    animism is back 0

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