Belief in spiritual beings capable of influencing human events, based on the idea that animals, plants and even inanimate objects have souls. The term was coined in 1871 by anthropologist Edward Tylor, who believed it to be the earliest form of religion.

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Refers to the belief in spiritual beings capable of influencing human events, based on the idea that animals, plants and even inanimate objects have souls like humans. The 19th-century anthropologist Edward Tylor thought it to be the earliest form of religion, a view not accepted by modern anthropologists.

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Animism
Date Published
December 12, 2012
Last Updated
April 22, 2021