animism

Definitions

  • Showing architectural elements, animal and human forms and other decoration
    Showing architectural elements, animal and human forms and other decoration
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n animism the doctrine that all natural objects and the universe itself have souls "animism is common among primitive peoples"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A symmetrical pattern, showing lines, beads and animal figures A symmetrical pattern, showing lines, beads and animal figures
Showing extensive interwoven leaf and stem forms and animals Showing extensive interwoven leaf and stem forms and animals
From Animal Legends from many Lands From Animal Legends from many Lands
Composite Animals 1 Composite Animals 1
Composite Animals 2 Composite Animals 2
The animals heave at the rock The animals heave at the rock
Footprints of animals Footprints of animals
ROCKY MOUNTAIN GOAT This animal is really not a goat, but is more nearly related to the antelopes. Range: The higher mountains from Alaska south to California. Group in American Museum of Natural History ROCKY MOUNTAIN GOAT This animal is really not a goat, but is more nearly related to the antelopes. Range: The higher...

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Gorilla gorilla gorilla is the scientific name for the animal gorilla
    • Animism The belief that inanimate objects and the phenomena of nature are endowed with personal life or a living soul; also, in an extended sense, the belief in the existence of soul or spirit apart from matter.
    • Animism The doctrine, taught by Stahl, that the soul is the proper principle of life and development in the body.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: An individual coral animal is called a polyp
    • n animism The hypothesis, original with Pythagoras and Plato, of a force (anima mundi, or soul of the world) immaterial but inseparable from matter, and giving to matter its form and movements.
    • n animism The theory of vital action and of disease propounded by the German chemist G. E. Stahl (1660–1734); the theory that the soul (anima) is the vital principle, the source of both the normal and the abnormal phenomena of life. In Stahl's theory the soul is regarded as the principle of life, and, in its normal action, of health; the body being supposed to be incapable of self-movement, and not only originally formed by the soul, but also set in motion and governed by it. Hence it was inferred that the source of disease is in some hindrance to the full and free activity of the soul, and that medical treatment should be confined to an attempt to remove such hindrances from it.
    • n animism The general conception of or the belief in souls and other spiritual beings; the explanation of all the phenomena in nature not due to obvious material causes by attributing them to spiritual agency. Among the beliefs most characteristic of animism is that of a human apparitional soul, that is, of a vital and animating principle residing in the body, but distinct from it, bearing its form and appearance, but wanting its material and solid substance. Atan early stage in the development of philosophy and religion events are frequently ascribed to agencies analogous to human souls, or to the spirits of the deceased.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The only animal, besides humans that can get leprosy is the Armadillo
    • n Animism an′im-izm a theory which regards the belief in separate spiritual existences as the germ of religious ideas. It is adopted by E. B. Tylor in his Primitive Culture as the minimum definition of religion, being considered to have arisen simply from the evidence of the senses, interpreted by the crude and child-like science of the savage: the theory of Stahl, which regarded the vital principle and the soul as identical
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Quotations

  • Bertrand Russell
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    “Man is a credulous animal, and must believe something; in the absence of good grounds for belief, he will be satisfied with bad ones.”
  • Sir Thomas Browne
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    “Man is a noble animal, splendid in ashes, and pompous in the grave.”
  • Jalal-Uddin Rumi
    Jalal-Uddin%20Rumi
    “I died a mineral, and became a plant. I died a plant and rose an animal. I died an animal and I was man. Why should I fear? When was I less by dying?”
  • Thomas Szasz
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    “In the animal kingdom, the rule is, eat or be eaten; in the human kingdom, define or be defined.”
  • Susan Sontag
    Susan%20Sontag
    “Depression is melancholy minus its charms -- the animation, the fits.”
  • Samuel Johnson
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    “Subordination tends greatly to human happiness. Were we all upon an equality, we should have no other enjoyment than mere animal pleasure.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. animisme, fr. L. anima, soul. See Animate
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. anima, the soul.

Usage

In literature:

They were, indeed, perhaps the first animals which were harnessed to vehicles.
"Domesticated Animals" by Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
This "prairie-land" has its peculiar animals.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
We have elsewhere referred to S. Bisset as a trainer of animals.
"Heads and Tales" by Various
L'Encuerado caught in a dish the fat which trickled down from the animals, and every now and then basted the meat with it.
"Adventures of a Young Naturalist" by Lucien Biart
The best method for studying wild animals is to assign to each pupil some animal as his particular subject of study.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
True, in the more complex animals, nature localizes in the almost independent sexual cells the power of producing the whole anew.
"Creative Evolution" by Henri Bergson
She herself had climbed a birch tree several times and picked leaf buds for the animals to eat.
"Lisbeth Longfrock" by Hans Aanrud
In man and in the higher animals plays are a preparation, a prelude to the active functions of life.
"Essay on the Creative Imagination" by Th. Ribot
Sir John Sebright kept this animal for about a year, almost always in his room.
"Anecdotes of Dogs" by Edward Jesse
This would seem, at first thought, a very bad thing for the little animal.
"The Log of the Sun" by William Beebe
She told of animals that stood their ground and fought instead of running away.
"The Later Cave-Men" by Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
When we landed, which was difficult on account of the breakers, we fired at the animals and killed a number of them.
"Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests" by J. J. von Tschudi
The Bishop waxed suddenly animated.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
If vegetable food is not preferable to animal, I certainly do not wish to have it so regarded.
"Vegetable Diet: As Sanctioned by Medical Men, and by Experience in All Ages" by William Andrus Alcott
Give a distinction between animals and plants as regards growth.
"A Treatise on Anatomy, Physiology, and Hygiene (Revised Edition)" by Calvin Cutter
The domestication of animals.
"History of Human Society" by Frank W. Blackmar
Spindle whorl decorated with animal figures 149 220.
"Ancient art of the province of Chiriqui, Colombia" by William Henry Holmes
This animal is somewhat larger than the striated monkey.
"Illustrative Anecdotes of the Animal Kingdom" by Samuel Griswold Goodrich
Gallardo felt the animal snort upon him; the moist vapor from its muzzle wet his right hand and his face.
"The Blood of the Arena" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
Animals caught in these traps can be carried with safety to both catcher and animal, to the enclosure, before taking out of the trap.
"Fur Farming" by A. R. Harding
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In poetry:

Dumb bunch of burnt-out stars,
- Against the walls!
Go back to God, croak in corners
Like animals!
"My Little Lovelies" by Arthur Rimbaud
First the canvas where the ocean
Like a mighty animal
With a wicked motion
Leaps for sailors' funeral
"Deeply Morbid" by Stevie Smith
All various kinds of animals,
Of sea and land and air;
They glorify the living God,
His wond'rous works declare.
"A Hymn" by Susannah Hawkins
A home above the year's seasons
home of children animals and apples
a square of empty space
under an absent star
"Home" by Zbigniew Herbert
Man, too, hurries,
Eats, couples, buries,
He is an animal also
With a hey ho melancholy,
Away with it, let it go.
"Away, Melancholy" by Stevie Smith
Say, nature, on whose wond'rous reign
Delighted fancy dwells,
Of all thy numerous brutal train
What animal excells?
"The Elephant" by William Hayley

In news:

Limiting animal agriculture is not a healthy, sustainable way to save water, according to a statement released today by the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Board of Directors.
Animals are brought onto a television news set and the animal wants nothing to do with the interview.
Now through Sept 30 – Animal Art Show The Dogs Day of Summer Animal Art Show is happening at DECO where a portion of artwork sales benefits the Humane Society of So.
Last week the sanctuary contacted Henrico animal control and asked to adopt Achilles after the wolfdog 's owner surrendered the animal.
Earlier in the day, animal control officers continued tried coax the animal out of the brush in Pennypack Park.
McKamey Animal Center on North Access Road gives medical care and shelter to animals without homes.
While there are a few other animals out there that will reciprocate a yawn between species (baboons, chimps and macaques in particular), dogs are the only animals who yawn cross-species.
Of, relating to, or being a deity conceived of in an animal form or with animal attributes.
PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) have sponsored the animal named Nora on behalf of the 20-year-old singer and actress to celebrate her big day and to thank her for her dedication to animal rights.
From Pixar Animation comes this computer-animated gem about a timid clown fish (Albert Brooks) combing the Great Barrier Reef to find his missing son.
Abandonment exposes animals to unnecessary danger, like weather extremes and wildlife, Wooliscroft said, and according to Lt Alan Borgal, the director for the Center of Animal Protection, it is also illegal.
The breeder is charged with attempted aggravated animal abuse and animal abandonment .
Xenon Pictures has answered the request of animation and cinema fans by announcing a second run release of a newly re-mastered version of the 1975 animated classic "Coonskin".
Hand-drawn animation about the relationship of Man and canine, for which Disney animation artist Minkyu Lee won the Annie award for Best Animated Short Subject.
Anime USA is an annual three-day anime convention held in Washington.
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In science:

Of course, for some real systems, the assumption about nearest-neighbor transmission may be violated by the presence of short-cuts between remote nodes due, for example, to wind or animal motion.
Complexity and anisotropy in host morphology make populations safer against epidemic outbreaks
Anisotropy may also be fostered in social or animal systems by preferential treatment of some, rather than all, connections between clusters.
Complexity and anisotropy in host morphology make populations safer against epidemic outbreaks
In you can find a Java animation of the dynamics.
Dimers and orthogonal polynomials: connections with random matrices
The major complaint from the patrons is that the map is confusing to read, they get lost quite easily within the Zoo and in the end they don’t get to see all the animals. In order to improve the navigation, the Zoo has created an Interactive Flash Map as shown in Figure 5 which is available online at its website.
An Interactive Zoo Guide: A Case Study of Collaborative Learning
The protons are accelerated further as the time animation of the proton distribution in Fig.
Shock creation and particle acceleration driven by plasma expansion into a rarefied medium
In flocking behavior of real animals, more factors such as dif ferent sensory systems should be considered.
Soft Control on Collective Behavior of a Group of Autonomous Agents by a Shill Agent
In the previous example we have three types of animals: Cat, Tiger and Ocelot, each of which has different kind of sound "meow", now, we can create a pointer of base class which may point to an object of one of Cat, Tiger and Ocelot.
Comparative Studies of 10 Programming Languages within 10 Diverse Criteria - a Team 10 COMP6411-S10 Term Report
Such a result would confirm that satisfying curiosity is rewarding (Eckblad, 1978). Curiosity seems to be a phylogenetically old motivation that proved selectively advantageous in evolution, animals may have some type of 'need' for sensory change (Hughes, 1997).
Curiosity and Pleasure
Mahwah, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates Hughes, R. N. (1997) Intrinsic exploration in animals: motives and measurement.
Curiosity and Pleasure
This curve is used in computer graphics and related fields and also in the time domain, particularly in animation and interface design cf. (, , ).
Construction a new generating function of Bernstein type polynomials
Most higher plants and animals are diploid, which means that their DNA is arranged in pairs of chromosomes.
A time-dependent Poisson random field model for polymorphism within and between two related biological species
In which way are plants and animals different in how they obtain energy? A.
Biological Concepts Instrument (BCI): A diagnostic tool for revealing student thinking
Animals use ATP; plants do not. B. ✔ Plants capture energy from sunlight; animals capture chemical energy. C. Plants store energy in sugar molecules; animals do not. D.
Biological Concepts Instrument (BCI): A diagnostic tool for revealing student thinking
Q3: In which way are plants and animals different in how they use energy? A.
Biological Concepts Instrument (BCI): A diagnostic tool for revealing student thinking
Plants use energy to build molecules; animals cannot. B. Animals use energy to break down molecules; plants cannot. C. Animals use energy to move; plants cannot. D. ✔ Plants use energy directly, animals must transform it.
Biological Concepts Instrument (BCI): A diagnostic tool for revealing student thinking
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