animism

Animistic Pragmatism And Native Ways Of Understanding: Adaptive Approaches For Overcoming The Struggle For Food In The Sub-arctic Pmc

It suggests the doctrine of spirits in general, and is very best expressed by “Animated Nature”. Fetishism is a subordinate department of animism, viz, the doctrine of spirits embodied in, or attached to, or conveying influence through, certain animals or material objects. The animism of Tylor differs little from the naturalism of Reville or the fetishism of De Ia Rialle. It as a result explains the belief in the passage of souls from men to beasts, and to sticks and stones. The classic hamadrya, the tree-worship of the South African natives, the rice-feasts held by the Dyaks of Borneo to...