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an·i·mism

(an'i-mizm),
The view that all things in nature, both animate and inanimate, contain a spirit or soul; part of many religious doctrines that a soul or spirit dwells within people and nature.
See also: animatism.
[L. anima, soul]

animism

A term of historic interest for belief that inanimate objects (e.g., earth, wind, fire, et al) are alive, move with purpose and intent, and have an agenda. The current equivalent is the Gaia hypothesis, which is widely regarded by mainstream biologists as a form of pseudoscience.

animism

(an′ĭ-mizm) [ anima + -ism]
Attribution of spiritual qualities and mental capabilities to nonhuman living creatures, e.g., animals or trees, or to inanimate objects, e.g., mountains.

animism

The belief held by many primitive peoples that a spirit resides within every object, controlling its existence and influencing events in the natural world.
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According to him the new animists are concerned with knowing how to behave appropriately towards persons who are not human: that is, it is about respecting the living world.
It is the "cause of life," a particularly Western conception of material causality that is completely foreign to most animists.
The animists and Christians have become Muslims and religious minority groups no longer exist.
In the last two decades, two million black Christians and animists in southern Sudan have died of starvation, disease, or ethnic cleansing at the hands of the fundamentalist Islamic government in the north.
He has invited Muslims and Jews, Hindus and Buddhists, animists and Native Americans to join him in Assisi, twice, to pray for peace.
The rest are Muslims, other Christians and animists.
The Pope, flanked by Muslims and Jews, Buddhists and African animists, said yesterday the world's religions should ask themselves if they had done everything to fend off 'the dark clouds of terrorism'.
Within the country, the North-South civil war continues to cause much suffering, with southern Christians and animists still the targets of the Islamic government in Khartoum.
Sudan's National Islamic regime says if will use the oil money for arms to continue the ten year "holy war" on Christians, animists, and moderate Muslims.
SUDAN: The House has passed a bill that would sharply restrict the financial activities of foreign oil companies doing business in war-torn Sudan, where the Islamic government has waged an unrelenting civil war against Christians and animists in the South.
Bishop Gassis rightly calls the government's policy a campaign of genocide; it is estimated that two million Christians and animists have been killed as a result of it.
The government-controlled mainly Arab north has been fighting with the southern Christians and animists.