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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 ...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published October 26th 2005 by Columbia University Press (first published 2005)
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دوستانِ گرانقدر، این کتاب در موردِ زندگی و افکار و رسوم و عقایدِ پیروانِ <آنی میسم> یا همان < آنیمیسم> در گذشته و حال، توضیحاتِ مفیدی را ارائه نموده است
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عزیزانم، در آیینِ <آنی میسم-آنیمیسم>، روان و نفوس، نقشِ اساسیِ جهان را به عهده دارند و جهان آکنده از ارواحِ موذی و مفید میباشد
میتوان گفت آنیمیسم پیش از پیدایشِ خط در میانِ نخستین اقوامِ انسانی وجود داشته است
سحر و جادو در آیینِ آنیمیسم، در اصل از <فتیشیسم> گرفته شده است
سحر و جادو
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Nell Grey
Feb 01, 2012 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
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Adam
Mar 17, 2010 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.
Davis
Jun 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: philosophy
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
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Neal Alexander
Sep 14, 2013 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
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Chris Dumont
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I should say up front that I am an Earth-based pagan, so I am probably more likely to "buy into" this book than some other folk, however when you consider the ethical and spiritual void of capitalism and our current ecocidal ethos, this offers another view, a way of looking at the world differently, seeing the lifeweb...We need this, not only for our ethical, self-satisfaction, but in order to try to live more harmoniously
This is "the book" for "new animisim" and I would thoroughly recommend it
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 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.
Stephan Naro
Jul 24, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fan-fiction
In furtherance of his project - presenting "new animism" - Harvey discusses some important background issues, and in a fairly valuable way. However, his discussions are never as complete as the issues deserve, and though that is understandable given the context, I feel quite unhappy that I don't know of other work that I can refer the reader to in stead of this.

For instance, finding him to agree with me against views that "belief in spirits" is "natural" and a precursor to religious beliefs, I
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Nick
Oct 19, 2007 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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