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Overview

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.

Columbia University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Stewart Guthrie

The strengths of this book are its fluid and engaging...writing; its openly committed stand on the central question, i.e., whether or not animals, plants, rivers, etc. are people, and its use of major ethnographic sources as evidence, together with conversations with indigenous peoples.

Choice

No recent author has emphasized it or dealt with its implications as thoroughly as Harvey.

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No recent author has emphasized it or dealt with its implications as thoroughly as Harvey.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231137010
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 10/19/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 262
  • Sales rank: 808,379
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

Table of ContentsPt. I From derogatory to critical term 1 From primitives to persons 3Pt. II Animist case studies 2 Ojibwe language 333 Maori arts 504 Aboriginal law and land 665 Eco-pagan activism 82Pt. III Animist issues 6 Signs of life and personhood 997 Death 1158 Spirits, powers, creators and souls 1219 Shamans 13910 Cannibalism 15311 Totems 16412 Elders and ethics 169Pt. IV Animism's challenges 13 Environmentalisms 17914 Consciousness 18715 Philosophers and persons 195

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