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animism

a nuh mi zuhm

  • n  the doctrine that all natural objects and the universe itself have souls
    animism is common among primitive peoples

  • Their followers, believers in the Karen blend of animism, Buddhism and Christianity, swore the pair had magical powers and were impervious to bullets.
  • The religion is a centuries-old blend of West African animism, indigenous spirituality and Catholicism, and includes elements of Caribbean Santeria, brought by Cuban immigrants to .
  • Their beliefs are a blend of Hinduism and animism known as Sunda Wiwitan.
Quotes

  • Lynn Townsend White, Jr. in CNN
    By destroying pagan animism,White wrote. "Christianity made it possible to exploit nature in a mood of indifference to the feelings of natural objects."
  • Hayao Miyazaki in Independent
    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."

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