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Animism: Respecting the Living World

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How have human cultures engaged with and thought about animals, plants, rocks, clouds, and other elements in their natural surroundings? Do animals and other natural objects have a spirit or soul? What is their relationship to humans? In this new study, Graham Harvey explores current and past animistic beliefs and practices of Native Americans, Maori, Aboriginal Australian ...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published October 26th 2005 by Columbia University Press (first published 2005)
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peiman-mir5 rezakhani
دوستانِ گرانقدر، این کتاب بسیار خوب و جامع در موردِ زندگی و افکار و رسم و رسوم و عقایدِ پیروانِ <آنی میسم> یا همان < آنیمیسم> در گذشته و حال، توضیح داده است
عزیزانم، در آیینِ <آنی میسم-آنیمیسم>، ارواح و نفوس، نقشِ اساسیِ عالم را به عهده دارند و جهان آکنده از ارواحِ موذی و مفید میباشد
میتوان گفت <آنی میسم> پیش از پیدایش خط در میانِ ابتدایی ترین اقوامِ انسانی وجود داشته است
سحر و جادو در آیینِ <آنی میسم>، در اصل از <فتیشیسم> گرفته شده است
سحر و جادو در <آنی میسم&
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Nell Grey
Feb 01, 2012 Nell Grey rated it really liked it
Shelves: esoteric
I've given this book 4 stars - not because 'I really liked it', but because it did what it set out to do - no more, no less.

I found it very highly detailed and analytical - rather like an academic paper or dissertation. I thought that the sections on language and grammar in Objiwe, Maori and Australian Aboriginal society were meaningful when they detailed practice and related conversations with tribal members, but it seems to me that examining the way language is used is an unreliable way to de
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Adam
Mar 17, 2010 Adam rated it really liked it
Shelves: animism
An excellent overview of animistic and neo-animistic worldviews. Slightly spoiled for me by the feeling that this was a doctoral dissertation dumped into a book for the general reader, so the style didn't always make for an elegant flow, but that should in no way detract from the wealth of information and thought provoking content.
Brent Ranalli
This book doesn't provide a lot of answers, but it raises all the right questions, which is about right. And it provides lots of examples and anecdotes, which is very helpful. Reflects sensitive and mature judgment and a knowledge of a vast amount of literature. My only complaint is that the very academic prose is sometimes a bit of a slog.
Rachel Sparling
Jan 22, 2016 Rachel Sparling rated it did not like it
The concepts of the book and the content is incredibly interesting and well worth learning. However the writing itself was incredibly challenging to get through.
Davis
Jun 22, 2014 Davis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: philosophy, animism
In this book Harvey does exactly what he sets out to do: discuss animism in the modern world. He starts off by giving a brief overview of the history of the word, describing the "old" animism of Tylor and then explaining how it has changed and how the term is used in modern academia.

The second section then includes four case studies, in which he looks at the animistic tendencies among certain cultures. Included here are the Ojibwe and their language, Maori Arts, Aboriginal Law and Land, and Eco
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Neal Alexander
Sep 14, 2013 Neal Alexander rated it liked it
Conveys something of the range of beliefs and worldviews which “animism“ might cover. The guts of the book are two sections: one with four cases studies, and the other with seven more general aspects (“issues”) of animism. The former look at how animism can be woven into language (eg grammatically distinguishing animate from non-animate things), our embeddedness in land and environment (Aboriginal “Dreaming”), the arts and, finally, eco-paganism.

The second section looks, for example, at how ani
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Oct 19, 2007 Nick rated it it was amazing
expanded my world view of what WHO is. expanding on this review in the future, hopefully.
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