Animism Respecting the Living World

ISBN-10: 023113701X
ISBN-13: 9780231137010
Edition: 2005
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Book details

List price: $36.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 10/26/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.62" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

How have human cultures engaged with and thought about animals, plants, rocks, clouds, and other elements of their natural surroundings? Do animals and other natural objects have a spirit or soul? What is their relationship to humans? In this new study, Graham Harvey explores current and past animistic beliefs and practices of Native Americans, Maori, Aboriginal Australians, and eco-pagans. He considers the varieties of animism found in these cultures as well as their shared desire to live respectfully within larger natural communities. Drawing on his extensive casework, Harvey also considers the linguistic, performative, ecological, and activist implications of these different animisms.

He practices architecture & interior design in New York City & elsewhere. He has written on the history of American architecture for Traditional Building & The Classicist.

Preface and Acknowledgements
From Derogatory to Critical Term
From Primitives to Persons
Stahl's elements
Hume's sentiments
Frazer's trees
Tylor's spirits
Huxley's antagonism
Marett's powers
Freud's projections
Durkheim's totems
Mauss's gift
Piaget's development
Guthrie's anthropomorphism
Philosophers' panpsychism
Hallowell's other-than-human persons
Anthropologists' revisitation
Kohak's trees
Goodall's chimpanzees
Garuba's literature
Quinn's leavers
Environmentalists' participation
Re-cognising animisms
Animist Case Studies
Ojibwe Language
Grammar
Stones
Thunder
Seasonal stories
Ceremonies
Tobacco greetings
Waswagoning
Legs and what's between them
Living well
Maori Arts
All our relations
Evolving relationships
Violence and passion
Tapu and noa
Marae-atea
Whare nui
Whare kai
Ancestral cannibalism
Animist construction
Enacting animism
Aboriginal Law and Land
Dreaming and Law
Expressing the Dreaming
Subjects and objects
Time and events
Visiting Alice
Eco-Pagan Activism
Defining Paganism
Defining Paganism's nature
Eco-Paganism on the road
Paganism off the road
Knowing nature
Gods, fairies and hedgehogs
Animist Issues
Signs of Life and Personhood
Animals are people too
Bird persons
Fish persons
Plant persons
Stone persons
The Elements
Places
Things, artefacts, fetishes and masks
Humans are animals too
Animals might be human too
Death
Death happens-deliberately
Hunting and domesticating
Death is a transformation
Death rituals and myths
Spirits, Powers, Creators and Souls
Faeries and other spirits
Ancestors
Creators and tricksters
Life forces
Witchcraft substances and energies
Souls
Embodiment and spirituality
Shamans
Shamanic cosmologies
States of consciousness
Ecstasy, trance and possession
Hallucination or vision?
Eating 'souls'
Killing life
Surviving death
Shamans as mediators and healers
Animists' antagonists
Cultural nature and shamans as seers
Cannibalism
Accusations of cannibalism
Real cannibals?
Arens' myth
Compassionate cannibalism
Eating enemies
Cannibals as monsters, consumers and carers
Animism and cannibalism
Totems
Ojibwe clans
Updating the old totemism
Revisiting totemism
Revisiting other-than-humans
Elders and Ethics
The good life
Wisdom
Initiation
Animism's Challenges
Environmentalisms
Modernity's environmentalism
Depths of green
Ecofeminist particularity
Sitting and listening
Places
Consciousness
Solipsism
Consciousness matters
Cyber-consciousness
Knowing bodies matter
Relational consciousness
Philosophers and Persons
Personalist persons
Phenomenological persons
Feminist and queer persons
Free and wilful ethical persons
Other persons
Quantum persons
Post-dualist persons
Conclusion
Re-cognising modernity
Re-cognising animism
Depth and breadth, turtles and hedgehogs
Bibliography
Index

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