Animism is the doctrine that every natural thing in the universe has a soul. If you believe in animism, you believe that ostriches, cactuses, mountains, and thunder are all spiritual beings.

Animism comes from the Latin word anima, meaning life, or soul. People often think of “primitive” beliefs when they think of animism, but you’ll find the belief in the spiritual life of natural objects in all major religions. If you have ever felt that a star is more profound than a cluster of hot rock or gas a long way away, then you have a sense of what animism is.

Definitions of animism
  1. noun

    the doctrine that all natural objects and the universe itself have souls

    animism is common among primitive peoples”
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    doctrine, ism, philosophical system, philosophy, school of thought

    a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school

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