AskDefine | Define animatism

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animatism n : the attribution of consciousness and personality to natural phenomena such as thunderstorms and earthquakes and to objects such as plants and stones

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For the prog music band from Poznań, Poland, see Animatism (band).
Animatism is a term coined by EB Tylor to refer to the belief of certain cultures in supernatural forces and powers.
These forces are inanimate and impersonal, which is not the case with the beliefs classed as animism. For example. the Melanesians, believe in mana as a force inherent in all objects. It is not physical per se, but may manifest itself physically. So, in their system of belief, a warrior who performs bravely in battle does so because of a mana-containing amulet he wears, and not because of his prowess
animatism in Czech: Animatismus
animatism in German: Animatismus
animatism in Estonian: Animatism
animatism in Polish: Animatyzm
animatism in Finnish: Animatismi
animatism in Slovak: Animatizmus
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