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Animism vs. Paganism

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Animismnoun

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

Paganismnoun

Any indigenous polytheistic religion.

‘Most people in that region practise their own form of paganism.’;

Animismnoun

A belief that an immaterial force animates the universe.

Paganismnoun

Any of a class of religions often associated with nature rituals.

‘Various neopagan movements have arisen, each advancing its own form of paganism. Some are monotheist.’;

Animismnoun

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

Paganismnoun

The state of being pagan; pagan characteristics; esp., the worship of idols or false gods, or the system of religious opinions and worship maintained by pagans; heathenism.

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Animismnoun

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

Paganismnoun

any of various religions other than Christianity or Judaism or Islamism

Animismnoun

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.

Paganismnoun

a religion other than one of the main world religions, specifically a non-Christian or pre-Christian religion

‘converts from paganism to Christianity’;

Animismnoun

the doctrine that all natural objects and the universe itself have souls;

‘animism is common among primitive peoples’;

Paganismnoun

a modern religious movement incorporating beliefs or practices from outside the main world religions, especially nature worship

‘modern paganism includes a respect for mother earth’;

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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.

Paganism

Paganism (from classical Latin pāgānus , , later ) is a term first used in the fourth century by early Christians for people in the Roman Empire who practiced polytheism or ethnic religions other than Judaism. In the time of the Roman empire, individuals fell into the pagan class either because they were increasingly rural and provincial relative to the Christian population, or because they were not milites Christi (soldiers of Christ).

‘rural’; ‘rustic’; ‘civilian’;

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