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  • n. A believer in animism.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who maintains the doctrine of animism.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who maintains animism in any of its senses.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or pertaining to the doctrine of animism
  • n. one who accepts the doctrine of animism


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  • It is interesting that in animist, totemistic and polytheistic belief systems there are deities and powers associated with the branches of the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.

    The Two Trees

  • I am a primitive and I believe primitivism, and that arises from this soil under this sun, what you might call an 'animist' or 'atheist,' and I uphold communication as the only means which ends territorial conflict and wars, and brings planetary peace and consciousness.

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  • All Sudanese are Africans, most are Muslim, and the population of Christians is lower than the number of Sudanese who practice African ( "animist") religions.

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  • The lights are full on, but there's an inner darkness ... because we're retreating into a sort of [mind-set] of our pre-rational forebears who lived in a kind of animist world where everything had a spirit -- every twig, every stone in a stream ... where questions of guilt and anxiety and fear and aggression ruled our reflexes. (from an interview with V. Vale.

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  • For the uninitiated, Vlad Taltos is a human assassin in a strange world where humans occupy the eastern kingdoms and the rest is run by the Dragaereans, a long-lived elfin race whose sorcery is far more formalized than humanity's witchcraft (the human culture on Dragaera is based loosely on ancient Hungarian culture, and the magic is derived somewhat from Hungarian animist mysticism).

    Boing Boing

  • Composed of southerners who are mostly black and Christian or animist, it fought those in the largely Arab, Muslim north.

    Sudan Vote Sets President on Path

  • If your pantheon is more complex, say you have two competing factions of deities, laid over an older, animist pattern, that tells you a lot about the social evolution of the society: maybe not-Buddhism came along and supplanted not-Shinto.

    MIND MELD: Gods by the Bushel

  • Sudan's predominantly Muslim and Arab north and the largely Christian and animist south fought a 22-year war that led to the deaths of 2 million people.

    Fear of flareup in Sudan border town of Abyei

  • The voting, which spanned several days last week, was called for in a 2005 peace agreement between Sudan's mostly Christian and animist south and the mainly Muslim north.

    Observers Approve Conduct of Southern Sudan Vote, Predict Secession

  • With their ancient Khmer writing and synthesis of Hindu, Buddhist and animist symbolism, the tattoos feature a sacred incantation and often a symbolic beast—among them dragons, birds, snakes or tigers, as Ms. Jolie has roaring on her lower back.

    Baring Southeast Asia's Sacred Tattoos


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