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Animism / Edition 1
     

Animism / Edition 1

by Graham Harvey, Michael J. Dwyer
 

ISBN-10: 023113701X

ISBN-13: 9780231137010

Pub. Date: 10/19/2005

Publisher: Columbia University Press

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231137010
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
10/19/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
262
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Part. I. From derogatory to critical term
1. From primitives to persons
Part. II. Animist case studies
2. Ojibwe language
3. Maori arts
4. Aboriginal law and land
5. Eco-pagan activism
Part. III. Animist issues
6. Signs of life and personhood
7. Death
8. Spirits, powers, creators and souls
9. Shamans
10. Cannibalism
11. Totems
12. Elders and ethics
Part. IV. Animism's challenges
13. Environmentalisms
14. Consciousness
15. Philosophers and persons

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