Taking Animism Seriously

Rane Willerslev

in Soul Hunters

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2007 | ISBN: 9780520252165
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520941007 | DOI:
Taking Animism Seriously

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This chapter discusses the animism debate and explains how mimesis might help people take animism seriously. It first studies the metaphor model, and then discusses the concepts of Cartesianism, meaning, relatedness, and autonomy. The chapter ends with a section on the principle of sharing, which serves as the basis for the Yukaghir sociality.

Keywords: animism debate; mimesis; animism; metaphor model; Cartesianism; relatedness; autonomy; meaning; sharing; Yukaghir sociality

Chapter.  4489 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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