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By Kaj Arhem,Guido Sprenger

Animism refers to ontologies or worldviews which assign organization and personhood to human and non-human beings alike. fresh years have visible a revival of this idea in anthropology, the place it truly is now mentioned in its place to modern-Western naturalistic notions of human-environment relations.

Based on unique fieldwork, this e-book offers a couple of case experiences of animism from insular and peninsular Southeast Asia and gives a complete review of the phenomenon – its variety and underlying commonalities and its resilience within the face of robust forces of swap. severely enticing with the present common thought of animism, according to hunter-gatherer and horticulturalist societies in different areas, it examines the jobs of lifestyles forces, souls and spirits in neighborhood cosmologies and indigenous faith. It proposes a ramification of the concept that to societies that includes combined farming, sacrifice and hierarchy and explores the query of the way non-human brokers are created via acts of cognizance and communique, touching upon the connection among animist ontologies, global faith, and the state.

Shedding new gentle on Southeast Asian spiritual ethnographic study, the ebook is an important contribution to anthropological conception and the revitalization of the idea that of animism within the humanities and social sciences.

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