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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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He has obviously earned the trust of his subjects, so we're treated to precious images of domestic life, shelter-building, mealtimes and even the artefacts and practises of the local peoples' animistic religion.
Although about half of the Tumon population have now become Christian, the rest have preserved their fourteenth century animistic beliefs with a touch of Sumatran Hinduism and many ancient cultural traits.
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The description of Matilda's animistic impulse in the final part of the novel is an apposite image for Jones's tree-hugging love for Great Expectations.
yet it is not always our sense of the beautiful that has dwindled, but the old animistic philosophy of nature that has gone from us [.