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« Reply #14: September 04, 2007, 06:07:09 pm »

So my question is, animism isnt necessarily a fluffy bunny category, is it? Not in my humble opinion.  But I want to know you people's.


Another animist here.

In my experience, animism is anything but fluffy bunny, and requires a fair amount of discipline and patience. Spirits are what they are, not what you want them to be.

I think some of the accusations of fluffiness may stem from the fact that animism is relatively unstructured compared to some other religions and worldviews. Knowledge is acquired mostly through experience, observation, and identification of patterns, and often comes in ways that are completely unverifiable or unrepeatable. This doesn't make animism fluffy, but to someone practicing a highly structured religion, it might seem as though animists are making things up, and it's hard to prove we're not.

It doesn't help either that there are people who just want to dance with the happy rainbow and oversimplify everything, and there are people who despite having actual experience, knowledge, and wisdom, still can't help coming across as flaky.

I don't really see how paying attention to spirits is any more inherently "out there" than invoking gods, ritual movement, chanting phrases of power, or any of the other things that a number of more structured traditions do.  

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