What are some examples of animism?

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Sep 11, 2017


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Animism is the belief that there is a spirit or consciousness that is within things such as inanimate objects, plants, and animals.

I live in Thailand and one thing I see everywhere are spirit houses - these are little houses (and some are not so little - they can be quite grand and elaborate) that houses the spirit of the land. With proper appeasement they bring luck, protection, and fortune. Ignore them at your peril.


Animism pervades a lot of other nature-based religions and spiritual beliefs, where people call on the spirit of Eagle to send and receive messages to the gods, or the spirits of rain and water during a drought.

As religions get more complex, so too does the animism within them. For instance, in Buddhism, there is a reference to the Buddha Consciousness within all things. Hinduism too acknowledges consciousness within all things.

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