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Author Topic: Animism and fluffiness  (Read 17013 times)
jasonpitzlwaters
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« Reply #43: September 06, 2007, 11:08:37 am »

But polytheist means multiple gods (from Greek polutheos, polytheistic : polu-, poly- + theos, god;). What does that have to do with believing that all things are living and have spirits.

I think that people are missing my point. I'm saying that for most people labeled as "animists" in the world today, the term is reductive when describing their religious lives. I say that polytheism is a better definition for those groups labeled as "animists" because it is (slightly) more accurate an umbrella term. The "divine spark" the "theos" or the "numinous" is understood as multiple in these cultures and transcends the reductive definition of animism ("religions that attribute souls to non-human entities").

I have never said one couldn't be a animist without being a polytheist. I was also not referring to people who self-consciously label themselves as "animists".
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