Animism: Respecting the Living World

Animism: Respecting the Living World

By: Graham Harvey (author), Michael J. Dwyer (contributor)Hardback

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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 Australians, and eco-pagans. He considers the varieties of animism found in these cultures as well as their shared desire to live respectfully within larger natural communities. Drawing on his extensive casework, Harvey also considers the linguistic, performative, ecological, and activist implications of these different animisms.

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Graham Harvey is lecturer in religious studies at the Open University. He is the author or editor of numerous titles, including Shamanism: A Reader and The Paganism Reader.


Part. I. From derogatory to critical term1. From primitives to personsPart. II. Animist case studies2. Ojibwe language3. Maori arts4. Aboriginal law and land5. Eco-pagan activismPart. III. Animist issues6. Signs of life and personhood7. Death8. Spirits, powers, creators and souls9. Shamans10. Cannibalism11. Totems12. Elders and ethicsPart. IV. Animism's challenges13. Environmentalisms14. Consciousness15. Philosophers and persons

Product Details

  • publication date: 19/10/2005
  • ISBN13: 9780231137003
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 262
  • ID: 9780231137003
  • weight: 817
  • ISBN10: 0231137001

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