animism animism  /ˈæ nə ˌmɪ zəm/


  • (n) the doctrine that all natural objects and the universe itself have souls

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  1. Their followers, believers in the Karen blend of animism, Buddhism and Christianity, swore the pair had magical powers and were impervious to bullets.
  2. Their beliefs are a blend of Hinduism and animism known as Sunda Wiwitan.
  3. But people who are certain that animism is nonsense are committed to something.

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  1. "By destroying pagan animism," White wrote. "Christianity made it possible to exploit nature in a mood of indifference to the feelings of natural objects."
    on Jan 27, 2008 By: Lynn Townsend White, Jr. Source: CNN

  2. "I do not believe in Shinto," Miyazaki tells me, "but I do respect it, and I feel that the animism origin of Shinto is rooted deep within me."
    on Jan 30, 2010 By: Hayao Miyazaki Source: Independent

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