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Transcript of Animism
The attribution of a living soul to plants, inanimate objects, and natural phenomena. The belief that all creatures and objects
even ones science regards as "inanimate"
possess a soul or personality;
the belief that all things are
alive in some sense. https://www.smore.com/z6fv-animism-traditional-african http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20081011131036AAUeIlF http://regentsprep.org/regents/global/themes/beliefsystems/animism.cfm http://animisminternational.org/faq/ The word animism comes from
the Latin word anima,
meaning soul or breath http://www.omf.org/omf/us/peoples_and_places/religions/animism can be found in many tribal or primal religions also found in most of the world religions in East Asia, as folk religion Scientists believe that animist beliefs go back to the Paleolithic age, and that every religion today has some sort of animistic belief. very little data about actual tribes that practice animism because they are isolated from the modern world, and therefore are able to maintain their religion their only real holy place is natural areas such as forests, mountains, and other things on a natural landscape. Shaman are herb makers and
collectors that use a wide range
of natural remedies to heal people
and connect things. Shamans also have some supernatural
powers that allow them to connect
people to the spirit world and vice-versa.
They are respected and thought to be very wise Important People Laws & Customs Shaman's perform rituals that
banish evil spirits from the
body, the use masks to
give them this ability A mirror of sorts used for
certain healing exercises
performed by the shaman They also rituals to cleanse
people of diseases and
other afflictions No text exists in animistic religions as the religion is passed orally through generations. the main theme of animism is also too simplistic to need a standard text Gye Nyame A symbol in Akan, an animist religion,
that means I fear none, except God Water Spirit Some symbols are used to depict spirits such as the spirit of water Mask Some symbols are masks that ask a god for
favor in bestowing upon them a
supernatural ability, most times healing There is no set location for worship, instead
it is all around. Most places are outside, as
the people prefer natural worship to the
environment around them Animism..... estimated that 40% of the world’s population is Animistic There are, perhaps, tens of millions of Americans who at least give a nod to Animistic practice, even if they claim another religion Really Practiced in Africa http://www.marketfaith.org/animism-in-todays-world-2/ Random Facts................ Unhappy dead ancestors are greatly feared and every effort is made to make sure they are comfortable in the hereafter
Animals are sacrificed to appease ancestors and ghosts
trees are not cut down because it might offend the forest spirits
and spirits are consulted with shaman and divining methods to determine harvest times and control animals and the weather.