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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. contemporary years have obvious a revival of this idea in anthropology, the place it's now mentioned as a substitute to modern-Western naturalistic notions of human-environment relations.

Based on unique fieldwork, this e-book offers a couple of case reports of animism from insular and peninsular Southeast Asia and provides a entire assessment of the phenomenon – its variety and underlying commonalities and its resilience within the face of strong forces of switch. severely enticing with the present regular idea of animism, according to 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 spread of the idea 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 recognition and conversation, touching upon the connection among animist ontologies, global faith, and the state.

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

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