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By Kaj Arhem,Guido Sprenger

Animism refers to ontologies or worldviews which assign business enterprise and personhood to human and non-human beings alike. contemporary years have obvious a revival of this idea in anthropology, the place it truly is now mentioned as a substitute to modern-Western naturalistic notions of human-environment relations.

Based on unique fieldwork, this e-book provides a few case reviews of animism from insular and peninsular Southeast Asia and provides a accomplished evaluate of the phenomenon – its variety and underlying commonalities and its resilience within the face of strong forces of swap. significantly attractive with the present commonplace suggestion of animism, in accordance with hunter-gatherer and horticulturalist societies in different areas, it examines the jobs of existence 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 awareness and conversation, touching upon the connection among animist ontologies, international faith, and the state.

Shedding new mild on Southeast Asian spiritual ethnographic examine, the publication is an important contribution to anthropological concept and the revitalization of the idea that of animism within the humanities and social sciences.

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