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Animism (Greeks)

Definition:
The idea that inanimate objects in nature are living beings.
 
Example:
The people of the remote tribe believed the volcano erupted because it was angry at the lack of sacrifices brought to it.
 
Background:
Animism is often seen in primitive religions in which people believe that natural forces, for example the weather, is a living being
 
Related Terms:
Anthropomorphism

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