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Book: Indigenous Religious Traditions in Five Minutes

Chapter: 33. What is animism?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.43148


Animism is a term used to label entirely different phenomena and therefore needs care. It can mean "belief in spirits" or "treating the world as a community of multi-species relations". It can be a colonial insult or an encouragement of respect towards all existences.

Chapter Contributors

  • Graham Harvey ( - grahamharvey) 'Open University'