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  CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Animism
Animism is the doctrine or theory of the soul.
animism; with Spencer it is the one and all of
animism of the ancient Israelites by Dr. Stade; in the worship of the dead and of ancestors among the Vedic
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  Animism - LoveToKnow 1911   (Site not responding. Last check: )
On theoretical grounds it is probable that animatism preceded animism; but savage thought is no more consistent than that of civilized man; and it may well be that animistic and panthelistic doctrines are held simultaneously by the same person.
In many parts of the world it is held that the human body is the seat of more than one soul; in the island of Nias four are distinguished, the shadow and the intelligence, which die with the body, a tutelary spirit, termed begoe, and a second which is carried on the head.
The spirit of syncretism manifests itself in this department of animism too; the immanent spirit of the earlier period becomes the presiding genius or local god of later times, and with the rise of the doctrine of separable souls we again reach the confines of animism pure and simple.
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 Animism
Animism is the doctrine or theory of the soul.
With Tylor the worship of the dead is an important subdivision of animism; with Spencer it is the one and all of religion.
The animism of Tylor is vague and indefinite.
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Animism is commonly found throughout agricultural, rice-growing communities of SE Asia, and among the often nomadic rural, hill tribes peoples, both on the mainland and in the island world.
Animism is said to be more obviously part of village life rather than town life and in Indonesia is associated with the Abangan traditions.
Animism is characteristic of primitive social structures in tribal, often nomadic communities.
philtar.ucsm.ac.uk /encyclopedia/seasia/animism.html   (514 words)

  
  Animism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Animism is the belief that objects and ideas including animals, tools, and natural phenomena have or are expressions of living spirits.
Animism is commonly described as the most primitive form of religion, but properly speaking it is not a religion at all.
Animism is in the first instance an explanation of phenomena rather than an attitude of mind toward the cause of them, a philosophy rather than a religion.
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 Animism - ninemsn Encarta
Tylor took the term animism from the 18th-century German doctor and chemist Georg Ernst Stahl, who had coined the word to describe his theory that the soul is the vital principle responsible for organic development.
This “new animism” respectfully approaches indigenous ways of life and worldviews to understand how they engage with a world that is understood to be a community of living beings or “persons”.
In parallel with these different theories of animism, academics interested in consciousness use the term “panpsychism” to label theories that matter is inherently conscious and that all beings have some sense of “what it is like to be” themselves, for example, a sense of interiority or a psychology.
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 Animism - Free Encyclopedia of Thelema
Animism is the belief that objects and ideas including animals, tools, and natural phenomena have or are expressions of living spirits.
Animism is commonly described as the most primitive form of religion, but properly speaking it is not a religion at all, for religion implies, at any rate, some form of emotion.
Animism is in the first instance an explanation of phenomena rather than an attitude of mind toward the cause of them, a philosophy rather than a religion.
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 animism - Encyclopedia.com
animism belief in personalized, supernatural beings (or souls) that often inhabit ordinary animals and objects, governing their existence.
Although these early conceptions of animism, animitism, and totemism have been contested and revised, the terms are still used by some anthropologists to describe certain religious beliefs and rituals.
Animism: Natasha V. breathes life into her products.
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 Animism - dKosopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Animism is a metaphysical worldview that acknowledges supernatural phenomena such as spirits or magic, but does not include belief in beings properly described as a God or gods.
Voodun and Santiera are Caribbean versions of animism which trace some of their roots to the religions of the Africans brought to the Americas in the slave trade.
Pagan is also a term that may refer to people with animist and/or polytheistic worldviews, but is a more complicated term because at some points in history, orthodox members of various monotheistic faiths have used the term more broadly to refer to anyone who does not share their faith.
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 ANIMISM - LoveToKnow Article on ANIMISM   (Site not responding. Last check: )
On theoretical grounds it is probable that animatism preceded animism; but savage thought is no more consistent than that of civilized man; and it may well be that animisti* and panthe-listic doctrines are held simultaneously by the same person.
Animism and Eschatology.The psychological side of animism has already been dealt with; almost equally important in primitive creeds is the eschatological aspect.
In many parts of the world it is held that the human body is the seat of more than one soul; in the island of Nias four are distinguished, the shadow and the intelligence, which die with the body, a tutelary spirit, termed begoe, and a second which is carried on the head.
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 Animism
Animism (or folk religion) is a religion that sees a spirit or spiritual force behind every event, and many objects of the physical world carry some spiritual significance.
Animism holds to a belief that numerous spirits exercise their power over places where they dwell, such as mountains, streams, and rivers.
A second reason for the prevalence of fear is that animism includes some of the most feared practices known to man. Sorcery, magic and voodoo are some of the ancient arts that strike terror in the hearts of people.
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 Talk:Animism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Animism is the antropologists' and missionaries' catch-all term for uncivilized people's 'beliefs', and few if any civilized experts have managed to set aside their world-view for long enough to even begin to understand what they are told by these people.
We could then point out that originally animism was what all humans probably had, elabourate where possible with references to the less bigoted authors, and where possible to extensive quotes they have provided which give the source, before their interpretations were put in.
Not really understanding what the things our experts labelled as animism are is not necessarily an obstacle to an edifying article, so long as this truth is included in the article, and so long as it is made clear that the descriptions of it are necessarily vague.
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 The Book of THoTH (Leaves of Wisdom) - Animism
Animism is commonly described as the most primitive form of religion.
They argue that Animism is in the first instance an explanation of phenomena rather than an attitude of mind toward the cause of them, a philosophy rather than a religion.
Those who argue that animism is a religion see that worship is directed toward these spirits, that are commonly called "lesser gods." Their help and intervention is sought, sacrifices are made, and their instructions received through divination are obeyed.
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 The World of Animism - Probe Ministries
Animism (or folk religion) is a religion that sees a spirit or spiritual force behind every event, and many objects of the physical world carry some spiritual significance.
Important in animism is the remembrance of the ancestors.
A second reason for the prevalence of fear is that animism includes some of the most feared practices known to man. Sorcery, magic and voodoo are some of the ancient arts that strike terror in the hearts of people.
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 aaronc - world religions - animism   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Animism is the belief in innumerable spiritual beings concerned with human affairs and can help or harm man's interests.
In animism a soul or spiritual being is attributed to and is indwelling in all animate and inanimate entities.
In the modern anthropological usage of the term animism, it denotes not a single creed or doctrine but rather a view of the world consistent with a certain range of religious beliefs and practices, many of which may survive in more complex and hierarchical religions.
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 animism
Animism is the attribution of a soul or spirit to living things and inanimate objects.
Animism maintains that nothing is really inanimate; everything is alive with spirit, active or not.
Believers in animism attribute to all sorts of objects a soul or spirit separable from the physical shell or container - the body they inhabit, and destined to survive the destruction or dissolution of it.
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 Animism
The magic of Animism is dangerous to she who possesses it if they do not have a strong will; such a mage can get caught up in the bestial urges and emotions that non-intelligent beings feel, and lose themselves.
Animism is most often awakened through a very close relationship with nature and a true desire to understand the minds of those creatures and plants who do not think.
A mage who must use a focus for Animism (because they possess a sorcerous talent) often uses small carvings of those they communicate with most, or perhaps a feather or leaf or tuft of fur of that which they want to speak with.
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 Animism
ANIMISM (from animus, or anima, mind or soul), according to the definition of Dr. E.
Animism and Eschatology.—The psychological side of animism has already been dealt with; almost equally important in primitive creeds is the eschatological aspect.
Animism and Mythology.—But little need be said on the relation of animism and mythology (q.v.
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 Virtual Classroom
Background: Animism is one of the oldest belief systems in the world, and people on nearly every continent practice it.
Animism is prevelant in east Asia, mostly in folk religions.
Belief in human souls is central to animism, as is the belief that animals, plants and celestial bodies have spirits.
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 ANIMISM   (Site not responding. Last check: )
One consequence is: general recognition of animism as a life factor, the power of which is not yet exhausted, the study of which fascinates because of its almost infinite variety and its persistent force.
From the standpoints both of culture and of religion animism may be described (not defined) as the taproot which sinks deepest in racial human experience and continues its cellular and fibrous structure in the tree trunk of modern conviction.
Animism is by many regarded as the earliest form which religion took, and as the root from which was derived all religious beliefs which the world has known, and was also the earliest basis of all that is dignified by the name of culture.
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 Definition
On this website animism is defined as the belief that personal spiritual beings and impersonal spiritual forces have power over human affairs and that humans, consequently, must discover what beings and forces are impacting them in order to determine future action and, frequently, to manipulate their power.
This belief system assumes that the seen world is related to the unseen: An interaction exists between the divine and the human, the sacred and the profane, the holy and the secular.
Animism's "foundation is based in power and in power personalities" (Kamps 1986, 5).
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 Animism
The belief of animism is probably one of man's oldest beliefs, with its origin most likely dating to the Paleolithic age.
An British anthropologist Sir Edward Burnett Tylor in his "Primitive Culture" (1871) defined animism "as a general belief in spiritual beings and considered it 'a minimum definition of religion.'" He stated all religions from the simplest to the most complexed shared some sort of animistic belief.
Animism may also be the unconscious fabrication of a spirit manifestation by the medium.
www.themystica.com /mystica/articles/a/animism.htm   (740 words)

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