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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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Animist ecologies also acknowledge objects, but subordinate their value to that of beings that approach personhood (Sprenger 2016a, p.
This is not to argue that Nage are essentially hunter-gatherers like some Amerindian or Siberian 'animists'.
In fact, the influence of Christianity is greatest among this group; while rural populations are mainly animist. Islam itself is dominant in urban centres.
(5)), describes the "soul" (according to the animists he studies) as: the cause of life and thought in the individual it animates; independently possessing the personal consciousness and volition of its corporeal owner, past and present; capable of leaving the body far behind, to flash swiftly from place to place; mostly impalpable and invisible, yet also manifesting physical power, and especially appearing to men waking or asleep as a phantasm separate from the body of which it bears the likeness.
The wars have usually been described in the Western media as a clash of cultures--a struggle between the Muslim north and a Christian and animist south.
Buddhists (che phaw, ba phaw) differ from Animists only in that they abandon the practice of aw cha; in general, all other traditional rituals linked to rice production are still performed.
Sintet's population was divided almost equally between Muslims and animists, flanked by a handful of Christians.
There are long-standing ethnic enmities between the mainly Muslim Hausas and the southern Yorubas, who are Christians and animists. The Hausas dominate Nigeria's north while the Yorubas are the main tribe in the southwest of the country.
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'.
Animists and Christians of several denominations vs.
In just a few years, they have put their mark on American foreign policy, most notably in Sudan where, over the last decade, two million Christians and animists have been killed by the fundamentalist Islamic government.
To eradicate this program, we must immediately flood the new office with appeals for money for human service programs (broadly interpreted) from non-mainstream faith-based organizations -- Wiccans, Sufis, animists, etc.