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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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Over the past two or three generations, she says, many have converted from their animist beliefs to Christianity.
Evangelical churches began building hospitals, schools and churches in the mostly animist and Christian south in the 1990s.
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The deal decentralized power in the mainly Christian and animist south and gave it a vote in 2011 on secession.
In 1972, he oversaw the end of a civil war that had plagued the country since 1955, pitting the north against the mainly Christian and animist south but an economic crisis in the late 70s and early 80s saw his grip on power weaken.