Tags » Animism

Spirit Possession, Deities, and Gnats.

Western discourse about spirit possession emerged from a long history of Christian demonology.  After the Enlightenment it came to be regarded as ‘one of the key markers of the primitive stage in the evolution of human civilization’, and, thanks to E.B.Tylor’s late nineteenth century theory of animism, became ‘a founding term in the discipline of anthropology’.  1,260 more words

Animism

Telepathy (feeling at a distance): Animism, Healing, and Science.

I can’t remember ever doubting telepathy.  This would be an unremarkable statement in many non-Western cultures, but in the wrong company might prove risky here, mainly because modernist psychiatry has linked experiences of telepathy, and other supposedly paranormal phenomena, with ‘mental illness’.* 1,684 more words

Animism

Ecological catastrophes: apparently it's partly Descartes's fault

It has been bothering me for a very long time, a certain set of beliefs about the world and how to best understand it, a set of beliefs that are typically connected with concepts like “science” and “being rational;” and one of those is the (assumed) inferiority of animals coupled with the belief that they don’t think or feel like we humans do. 1,251 more words

Land And Land Spirits

What plants talk about

In connection to my recent attempts to understand both myself and Hofgaard, I’ve stared learning what I can about plants. It hasn’t been easy (I’m not sure I’ve seen a definitive picture of an oak tree’s root system, for example) but it has been mostly interesting. 146 more words

Nature

That Didn't Work

So, in my last post, I wrote that I was going to try and examine my spirit and attempt to understand the ‘shape’ or ‘nature’ of my own spirit, and to try and figure out how living in a human body influenced that. 428 more words

Reflections

Relating to Spirits

I have to admit to this: I don’t know what I’m writing in the post. I’ve decided to start up a bit of ‘research’ (when it’s in quotes, it tends to mean Googling and reading online) on how other people approach animal/plant spirits. 298 more words

Reflections