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« Reply #11: June 25, 2007, 04:22:19 pm »

That definition fits quite well with my beliefs, both the broad and the 'restrictive' senses.  What I was asking about, though, was the other word you used; 'animatism'.  Is it another form of animism used in some circles, or does it include/exclude other things as well?

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I realised afterwards I should have added that one too.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animatism

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Animatism is a term coined by R. R. Marett to refer to the belief of certain cultures in supernatural forces and powers.

These forces are inanimate and impersonal, which is not the case with the beliefs classed as animism

And to follow wiki further since it seems I'm being drawn somewhere....
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mana

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It is an impersonal force or quality that resides in people, animals, and inanimate objects and that instills in the appreciative observer a sense of respect or wonder. <snip> It has commonly been interpreted as "the stuff of which magic is formed", as well as the substance of which souls are made.

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