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Your Questions About Animism

Mandy asks…

What do you mean by Animism……………….?

Animal Deities answers:

The term animism is derived from the Latin word anima meaning breath or soul. The belief of animism is probably one of man’s oldest beliefs, with its origin most likely dating to the Paleolithic age. From its earliest beginnings it was a belief that a soul or spirit existed in every object, even if it was inanimate. In a future state this soul or spirit would exist as part of an immaterial soul. The spirit, therefore, was thought to be universal.

Animism encompasses the beliefs that there is no separation between the spiritual and physical (or material) worlds, and souls or spirits exist, not only in humans, but also in all other animals, plants, rocks, natural phenomena such as thunder, geographic features such as mountains or rivers, or other entities of the natural environment.

Animism in the widest sense, i.e., thinking of objects as animate, and treating them as if they were animate, is near-universal.

Animism may also be the unconscious fabrication of a spirit manifestation by the medium. It is not a fraud as the medium actually believes that he is channeling a spirit. It usually happens when the medium is put under pressure to attend a request or works in a spiritualistic circle where spirit phenomena are expected to occur. The spirit of the medium then fabricates a manifestation and it is interesting to notice that the medium´s body undergoes all the usual changes that happen in an actual spirit communication, such as altered breathing, contortions, and such procedures.
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Ruth asks…

Is animism also considered paganism?

If someone is an animist is he/she also considered a pagan? I am not trying to generalize but do animists believe in God(mostly)?

Animal Deities answers:

Animism refers to any belief system that attributes souls or spirits to animals, plants, geographic features, natural phenomena and manufactured items (including stone/wood statues or idols). Animism thus includes many indigenous religions.

An animist is not necessarily considered a pagan, although pagans in general can be described as animistic. However, animists do not believe in gods and goddesses. Animism is nontheist, like Buddhism. Things just are.

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