Download e-book for iPad: Animism in Southeast Asia (Routledge Contemporary Southeast by Kaj Arhem,Guido Sprenger

By Kaj Arhem,Guido Sprenger

Animism refers to ontologies or worldviews which assign company and personhood to human and non-human beings alike. fresh years have noticeable a revival of this idea in anthropology, the place it really is now mentioned instead to modern-Western naturalistic notions of human-environment relations.

Based on unique fieldwork, this booklet offers a couple of case reviews of animism from insular and peninsular Southeast Asia and provides a finished review of the phenomenon – its range and underlying commonalities and its resilience within the face of robust forces of swap. severely enticing with the present regular suggestion of animism, according to hunter-gatherer and horticulturalist societies in different areas, it examines the jobs of existence forces, souls and spirits in neighborhood cosmologies and indigenous faith. It proposes a ramification of the concept that to societies that includes combined farming, sacrifice and hierarchy and explores the query of the way non-human brokers are created via acts of awareness and communique, touching upon the connection among animist ontologies, international faith, and the state.

Shedding new gentle on Southeast Asian non secular ethnographic study, the ebook is an important contribution to anthropological concept and the revitalization of the concept that of animism within the humanities and social sciences.

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