Animism: Respecting the Living World

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Columbia University Press, 2006 - Religion - 248 pages
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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 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

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Page 2 - Nor is it long before we ascribe to them thought, and reason, and passion, and sometimes even the limbs and figures of men, in order to bring them nearer to a resemblance with ourselves.2 In short, humans attribute to the world around them signs of humanlikeness.
Page 2 - ... be beautiful nor natural. Nor is a river-god or hamadryad always taken for a mere poetical or imaginary personage, but may sometimes enter into the real creed of the ignorant vulgar; while each grove or field is represented as possessed of a particular genius or invisible power which inhabits and protects it. Nay, philosophers cannot entirely exempt themselves from this natural frailty; but have oft ascribed to inanimate matter the horror of a vacuum, sympathies, antipathies, and other affections...
Page 2 - ... transfer to every object, those qualities, with which they are familiarly acquainted, and of which they are intimately conscious. We find human faces in the moon, armies in the clouds; and by a natural propensity, if not corrected by experience and reflection, ascribe malice or good-will to every thing, that hurts or pleases us.
Page 2 - There is an universal tendency among mankind to conceive all beings like themselves, and to transfer to every object those qualities with which they are familiarly acquainted, and of which they arc intimately conscious.
Page 2 - No wonder, then, that mankind, being placed in such an absolute ignorance of causes, and being at the same time so anxious concerning their future fortune, should immediately acknowledge a dependence on invisible powers, possessed of sentiment and intelligence.

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Eco-humanities Corner : Graham Harvey, Animism: Respecting the ...
Animism: Respecting the Living world, as the title suggests, advocates a way of living in the world that espouses respect for other persons, whether human ...
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Animism: Respecting the Living World, Graham Harvey, Hurst and Company, UK, 2005, £14.99 reviewed by Kate Rawles.
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Animism: Respecting the Living World . By Graham Harvey. Columbia
Animism: Respecting the Living World. By Graham Harvey. Columbia. University Press, 2006. xxiv +248 pages. $72.50 cloth; $30.00 paper. ...
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the companion site to Graham Harvey's book by the same name
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ANIMALS, ANIMISTS, AND ACADEMICS by Graham Harvey
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Graham Harvey lectures in Religious Studies at the Open University. His book Animism: Respecting the Living World has a companion website www.animism.org.uk.
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Chapters 1, 2, 3
Harvey attempts in Animism: Respecting the Living World to redefine the concept of. animism as a way of life, a world-view that helps us relate to the earth ...
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About the author (2006)

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.

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