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1. The belief in the existence of individual spirits that inhabit natural objects and phenomena.
2. The belief in the existence of spiritual beings that are separable or separate from bodies.
3. The hypothesis holding that an immaterial force animates the universe.

[From Latin anima, soul; see anə- in Indo-European roots.]

an′i·mist n.
an′i·mis′tic adj.
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Adj.1.animistic - of or pertaining to the doctrine of animism
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The Kalash depend for their survival on the area's natural resources, as they have done for several millennia; their animistic beliefs go hand in hand with a respect for nature.
The sheer volume of allegations speaks to a revealing reprehensible and repugnant repertoire of a mogul who mixed the power and prestige that his position brought with his most base animistic and physical instincts.
Religious experience is in some sense genuine; some scientists may still contend that ecstatic states, visitation by angels, or animistic communications with rocks and trees may be symptomatic of a neuropathology.
The acceptance may be attributed either to the strong Chinese influence on our society, or the Filipinos' disposition toward animistic beliefs or traditions.
Alarcon likewise seeds the speech of his Moorish characters with pagan elements--not only references to Greek mythology, which appear more frequently amongst Muslims than Christians (Moreta 100-101), but also in the animistic threat that Alima makes to her captor Pimienta when he tries to rape her: "Almas tienen estas plantas / y deidades estas selvas, / que castiguen tu delito, / y que te impidan mi afrenta" (II: 187).
As a result, I call this art style, shamanic surrealism because it utilizes 20th century art techniques and combines them with primitive animistic techniques aimed at soul retrieval and inner healing.
Chapter 11 comparatively explores the concept of Animistic belief between the Temiar, other Orang Asli groups and Malays.
This story tells us that the Malays traditionally and especially before the arrival of Islam were animistic in their belief.
Buddhist hierarchies did nothing to disrupt animistic dream interpretations among its followers, continuing to this day.
I am an Animistic Pagan, I see everything in the world as an expression of the divine, as an aspect of the universe singing in praise of itself, and that includes you.
Children in modern societies, as opposed to tribal ones, presumably under the influence of their parents and the larger culture, replace their unlearned and largely unarticulated animistic theories with learned and more-or-less articulated mechanical ones on average a little after their tenth year.