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The belief, common among so-called primitive people, that objects and natural phenomena, such as rivers, rocks, and wind, are alive and have feelings and intentions.


Followers of Animism: Less than 1% of the world's population (note).


There are no known founders or authoritative writings. Rituals and beliefs have been passed down through the generations. Animism was defined in the late 19th century by anthropologist Sir Edward Burnett Tylor (1871).

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