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Your Questions About Animism

Michael asks…

Is Animism a lost religion?

Animal Deities answers:

First of all, animism is not a religion. It is a type of spiritual belief system. It varies widely around the world and is often mixed into later belief systems and actual religions.

Second, how do you mean, “lost”? Is it something no one practices? No, there are lots of people around the world that practice some form of it, and according to some counts, there are more animists than anything else. They’re just counted as different religions.

Is it lost in the sense that it’s dying out? No, it is actually enjoying a resurgence in the Western world as people see wisdom and beauty in it. Read Daniel Quinn’s Ishmael for an example.

Is it lost in the sense that people who practice it are “:lost”? Well, I’m sure certain religions would say so, but overall, no, the people who practice it generally feel very much found, and part of a greater whole that gives them a good place in the world to start doing good from.

Sharon asks…

Can you help me answer these Anthropology Questions?

1. Which of the following statements about horticultural societies is true?
a. The settlements of horticulturalists are usually larger and more sedentary than those of foragers.
b. The settlements of horticulturalists are smaller because they cannot support as many people.
c. The settlements of horticulturalists are about the same size as those of foragers, but the population density of an area is greater because they live closer together.
d. The settlements of horticulturalists are about the same size as those of foragers, but the population density of an area is less because they live closer together.

2. Matrilineality is more common in:
a. pastoral society.
b. agricultural society.
c. foraging society.
d. horticultural society.

3. Bilateral kinship is distinctive in that:
a. it forms a clear cut group of kin that can act as a corporate group.
b. with this system people cannot participate in activities with kin.
c. there are no descent groups.
d. it does not allow for the development of kindreds.

4. Major conflicts are rare in band societies because:
a. of the relatively large size of the band.
b. private property is clearly designated.
c. the practice of fusion.
d. kinship is the central organization.

5. Horticulturalists, as well as foragers, share the belief systems of animism and shamanism.
a. True
b. False

6. Ownership of territories and resources in preindustrial societies:
a. does not exist.
b. is primarily individual.
c. is haphazard since these people do not have surveying techniques or written records.
d. is frequently vested in groups.

7. Matrilineal kinship means:
a. kinship is traced through both the mother and the father.
b. kinship is traced through the mother.
c. kinship is traced through the father.
d. kinship is traced through the mother for a girl and the father for a boy.

8. Marrying outside a group is called:
a. polygamy.
b. monogamy.
c. exogamy.
d. endogamy.

9. Typical characteristics of Band societies include:
a. dependence on outside populations to acquire resources.
b. exploitation of local plants and animals.
c. development of permanent settlements.
d. accumulation of material wealth.

10. Competition among co-wives in a polygynous household is reduced when:
a. sororal polygyny is practiced.
b. co-wives all live in the same household and share the same kitchen.
c. the wives all live together.
d. the co-wives father had multiple wives.

Animal Deities answers:

If you’re taking Anthropology all those things are extremely simple and honestly should be quite obvious. If you don’t know them it doesn’t matter if we help you with your homework because you’re not going to pass the mid-term. Go do the lectures and answer those questions

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