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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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The closest and most illustrative example here is the naturphilasaphisch novella by Prince Vladimir Odoevskii, The Sylph (1837), which tells of the love of a female air spirit for a human being, a work conceived as part of an unrealized cycle of "[n]ovellas about how dangerous it is for man to engage nature spirits.
The Elm is commonly known as "the elf friend" where nature spirits dwell.
Brigid, we shall call her, ran the Tir Nan Og Light Centre on the south end of the island and communed in solitary splendor in her strawbale house with a host of nature spirits, including fairies, gnomes, sprites, zephyrs, salamanders, and the Green Man, Pan.
On the journey, they learn about the creation myth, the Goddess of the Sum Amaterasu, other intriguing nature spirits of wind and earth and the astounding influence of Mt.
Spirits that possess or inhabit statues or images of holy or sacred persons are usually nature spirits or elementals.
Crombie was well respected at the time, and he said he encountered a variety of nature spirits and had conversations with them.
Embracing the Spirit of Nature is a delightful chronicle of the author's interactions with nature spirits, including full color photographs and dialogs.
To enlist the aid of nature spirits, string hazelnuts on a cord and hang up in your kitchen.
Skills attributed to shamans include various forms of divination; shape-changing; control over the elements; healing; soul retrieval or accompaniment; the ability to see, hear, or send messages over great distances; and obtaining the cooperation of animal and nature spirits.
Spirited Away tells an ''Alice in Wonderland''-style story about Chihiro, a girl who becomes trapped in a world of nature spirits and must escape to rescue her parents from a spell that transformed them into pigs.
Do demons, ghosts and nature spirits sometimes fight each other, or do they have their own dimensions?
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