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Animism vs. Animatism — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Animism and Animatism

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Animism

Animism (from Latin: anima, 'breath, spirit, life') is the belief that objects, places, and creatures all possess a distinct spiritual essence. Potentially, animism perceives all things—animals, plants, rocks, rivers, weather systems, human handiwork, and perhaps even words—as animated and alive.
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Animatism

Animatism is a term coined by British anthropologist Robert Marett in the context of his teleological theory of the evolution of religion. It refers to "a belief in a generalized, impersonal power over which people have some measure of control".
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Animism

The belief in the existence of individual spirits that inhabit natural objects and phenomena.
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Animatism

A belief that all animate and inanimate objects are infused with a common life force.
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Animism

The belief in the existence of spiritual beings that are separable or separate from bodies.
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Animatism

(anthropology) The belief that everything is pervaded with a life-force giving each inanimate object a consciousness or personality, but not a soul as in animism.
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Animism

The hypothesis holding that an immaterial force animates the universe.
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Animatism

The attribution of consciousness and personality to natural phenomena such as thunderstorms and earthquakes and to objects such as plants and stones
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Animism

A belief that spirits inhabit some or all classes of natural objects or phenomena.
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Animism

A belief that an immaterial force animates the universe.
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Animism

(dated) A doctrine that animal life is produced by an immaterial spirit.
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Animism

The doctrine, taught by Stahl, that the soul is the proper principle of life and development in the body.
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Animism

The belief that inanimate objects and the phenomena of nature are endowed with personal life or a living soul; also, in an extended sense, the belief in the existence of soul or spirit apart from matter.
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Animism

The doctrine that all natural objects and the universe itself have souls;
Animism is common among primitive peoples
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