Sentence example with the word 'animism'


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Definition n. the doctrine that all natural objects and the universe itself have souls

Last update: September 8, 2015


Demons, when they are regarded as spirits, may belong to either of the classes of spirits recognized by primitive animism; that is to say, they may be human, or non-human, separable souls, or discarnate spirits which have never inhabited a body; a sharp distinction is often drawn between these two classes, notably by the Melanesians, the West Africans and others; the Arab jinn, for example, are not reducible to modified human souls; at the same time these classes are frequently conceived as producing identical results, e.g.   [Please select]


This was a new and sophisticated republication of savage animism.   [Please select]


Animism is, as already explained, a pitfall which is always yawning before us and into which we are sure to plunge unless we are ever watchful.   [Please select]


] surface of a world whose real causality is an unimaginable ontological principle hidden in the cubic deeps, is, for the more empirical way of thinking, only animism in another shape.   [Please select]

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