Animism: Respecting the Living World

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Wakefield Press, 2005 - Animism - 248 pages
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Graham Harvey applies the new use of the term 'animism' to the religious worldviews of communities and cultures such as Ojibwe, Maori, Aboriginal Australian and eco-Pagan to introduce the diversity of ways of being animist. The book explores what role deities, creators, tricksters, shamans, cannibals totems and elders play in these religious traditions and relationships? The book also touches on the 'animist realism' of West African literatures, the 'perspectivism' of Amazonian shamans, and the relational ethics of South and Central Asian communities. The notions that 'animism' is about 'beliefs in spirits' are rejected in favour of a nuanced and positive evaluation of indigenous and environmentalist understandings that the world would be a better place if humans celebrated their relationships with the whole of life.
  

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Graham examines modern animistic practices and how academia treats this religious expression. Often horribly dry, probably requires a pretty good grounding in academic discussion of religion to begin with. Read full review

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Conveys something of the range of beliefs and worldviews which “animism“ might cover. The guts of the book are two sections: one with four cases studies, and the other with seven more general aspects ... Read full review

Contents

FROM DEROGATORY TO CRITICAL TERM
1
From Primitives to Persons
3
Humes sentiments
4
Frazers trees
5
Huxleys antagonism
9
Maretts powers
10
Durkheims totems
11
Mausss gift
12
Animals might be human too
114
Death
115
Hunting and domesticating
116
Death is a transformation
117
Death rituals and myths
118
Spirits Powers Creators and Souls
121
Faeries and other spirits
122
Ancestors
125

Piagets development
14
Guthries anthropomorphism
15
Philosophers panpsychism
17
Anthropologists revisitation
20
Kohdks trees
22
Goodalls chimpanzees
24
Garubas literature
25
Quinns leavers
26
Environmentalists participation
27
Recognising animisms
28
ANIMIST CASE STUDIES
31
Ojibwe Language
33
Grammar
34
Stones
36
Thunder
38
Seasonal stories
40
Ceremonies
42
Tobacco greetings
43
Waswagoning
45
Legs and whats between them
46
Living well
48
Maori Arts
50
All our relations
52
Violence and passion
54
Tapu and noa
55
Maraeatea
57
Whare nui
58
Whare kai
60
Ancestral cannibalism
61
Animist construction
63
Enacting animism
64
Aboriginal Law and Land
66
Expressing the Dreaming
71
Subjects and objects
73
Time and events
76
Visiting Alice
77
EcoPagan Activism
82
Defining Paganism
84
Defining Paganisms nature
85
EcoPaganism on the road
88
Paganism off the road
90
Knowing nature
92
Gods fairies and hedgehogs
94
ANIMIST ISSUES
97
Signs of Life and Personhood
99
Animals are people too
100
Bird persons
102
Fish persons
103
Plant persons
104
Stone persons
106
The Elements
107
Places
109
Humans are animals too
113
Creators and tricksters
128
Life forces
129
Witchcraft substances and energies
132
Souls
135
Embodiment and spirituality
137
Shamans
139
Shamanic cosmologies
140
States of consciousness
142
Ecstasy trance and possession
144
Hallucination or vision?
145
Eating souls
146
Killing life
147
Surviving death
148
Shamans as mediators and healers
149
Animists antagonists
150
Cultural nature and shamans as seers
151
Cannibalism
153
Real cannibals?
154
Arens myth
155
Compassionate cannibalism
157
Eating enemies
160
Cannibals as monsters consumers and carers
162
Animism and cannibalism
163
Totems
164
Ojibwe clans
165
Updating the old totemism
166
Revisiting otherthanhumans
168
Elders and Ethics
169
The good life
171
Wisdom
173
ANIMISMS CHALLENGES
177
Environmentalisms
179
Depths of green
180
Ecofeminist particularity
182
Sitting and listening
184
Consciousness
187
Consciousness matters
188
Cyberconsciousness
191
Knowing bodies matter
192
Relational consciousness
193
Philosophers and Persons
195
Personalist persons
196
Phenomenological persons
197
Feminist and queer persons
198
Free and wilful ethical persons
200
Quantum persons
202
Postdualist persons
203
Conclusion
205
Recognising animism
208
Depth and breadth turtles and hedgehogs
210
Bibliography
213
Index
237
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