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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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New animists are people who Graham Harvey, an academic at the Open University in Britain, says, recognise that the world is full of persons, only some of whom are human (2005:xi).
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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.
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The reality that, apart from the teachers, all their congregation were Muslims and animists never seemed to have bothered the priests for they never attempted to convert us.
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'.
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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.
The mostly Arab and Muslim north has consistently rejected the south's claim to a separate identity, although that region is populated mainly by Christians and animists possessed of distinct histories, cultures, and languages.
Among the topics are Sikhs, shamans and animists, practitioners of indigenous religions in Africa and the African diaspora, pagans, new religious concerns of Koreans, Indigenous religionists in North America, Christians, and Baha'is.
This freedom has also allowed Russian Orthodox and indigenous animists the right to practice their beliefs without state scrutiny, but as a predominantly Muslim country the new freedoms have benefited the Muslims the most.