- the belief that natural objects, natural phenomena, and the universe itself possess souls.
- the belief that natural objects have souls that may exist apart from their material bodies.
- the doctrine that the soul is the principle of life and health.
- belief in spiritual beings or agencies.
Origin of animism
Examples from the Web for animistic
The East Indies, where the population is native, are Animistic.The Necessity of Atheism
Dr. D.M. Brooks
I find also no animistic ideas, or practices; no folk-lore and no magic.Quaker Hill
Warren H. Wilson
This, of course, is vitalism, and vitalism in its extreme or animistic form.
But generally the ideas of Astrology were magical rather than animistic.The Origin of Man and of his Superstitions
The animistic soul, on the contrary, unites determinants from both sides.Totem and Taboo
- the belief that natural objects, phenomena, and the universe itself have desires and intentions
- (in the philosophies of Plato and Pythagoras) the hypothesis that there is an immaterial force that animates the universe
Word Origin and History for animistic
1866, reintroduced by English anthropologist Sir Edward Burnett Taylor (1832-1917), who defined it (1871) as the "theory of the universal animation of nature," from Latin anima "life, breath, soul" (see animus) + -ism.
Earlier sense was of "doctrine that animal life is produced by an immaterial soul" (1832), from German Animismus, coined c.1720 by physicist/chemist Georg Ernst Stahl (1660-1734) based on the concept of the anima mundi. Animist is attested from 1819, in Stahl's sense; animisic is first recorded 1871.