Importance Of Animism And The Study Of Religion

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Animism and the study of religion Do you believe in animism? What does it stand for? Do you know what the definition of religion was like in the nineteenth century? I found Tylor’s and Durkheim’s reading’s very informative and interesting. Although before analyzing the material presented I had a hard time processing and connecting animism, the definition of religion, and the author’s point of view. In the book, A Reader in the Anthropology of Religion, the question is asked what is a religion? “The prevalence, significance, and apparent universality of religion, and hence the scope of any field devoted to its study, depending on how we define it. Yet such a definition is by no means obvious” (Lambek 9). Religion is difficult to add…show more content…
Animism is to some everything (your, breath, spirit, and life) and is one of the oldest types of belief system in the world, and might be practiced in many forms in some traditional societies today. Basically, it’s a view that non-human entities such as animals, plants, and inanimate objects- possess a mystical essence somehow. However, it is used in anthropology as a term for the belief system of some tribal people especially prior to the development or any religion. To my understanding, the phenomenal thing is that there is no distinction between the spiritual and physical world and as a result, your soul and spirit survive in every person, place, or thing. I am not too sure that I agree with that because that would mean that I would exist in everything around me including a rock or a river anything I could touch. So, I can safely now say upon a closer inspection I know more about what animism is and its importance relating to Edward Burnett Tylor theory of…show more content…
The ideas of animism were Tylor’s, in general, it was a doctrine of souls and other spiritual beings. Tylor’s thought process was that the core of religion was “the belief in spiritual beings” exist (Lambek 23). For instance, he performed an experiment that involved our thoughts and wanted us to think about the difference of our being asleep and awake. Bringing awareness to our common sense, visions, and our subconscious is the place where our dreams are. Tylor conclusion was that there must be a part of you that can depart your spiritual body and even outlive it. This was his reasoning his logic to account for such odd behavior. I believe that Tylor has adopted his essentialist views by grasping how our ancestors helped solved problems and how they reasoned and looked at how the world was
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