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Author Topic: Animism and fluffiness  (Read 17014 times)
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« Reply #44: September 06, 2007, 11:14:12 am »

The thing is, polytheism and animism are completely different phenomena. You can't "more accurately" use polytheistic to refer to animism, because they're not nearly the same thing. Animism refers to the belief that things have a spirit. Polytheism refers to the belief in multiple Gods.

I was saying that the term polytheism was "more accurate" (again, in my opinion) for a majority of tribal and indigenous pre-Christian faiths that are currently labeled as "animists". I wasn't saying that animism and polytheism are the same phenomena. Nor was I castigating self-described animists for denying their intrinsic "polytheistic" natures. I was talking of a certain way the term is used and understood outside the modern Pagan/Heathen spectrum, and what my own personal opinion of that usage was.
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