Animism is a belief common in many different religions and philosophies. It is the belief that there are spiritual beings in animals and plants. Many animistic religions also believe that acts of nature, for example - the wind and rain, and geographic features, for example - mountains and rivers, have spirits in them.
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Animist altar, Bozo village, Mopti, Bandiagara, Mali in 1972
A tableau presenting figures of various cultures filling in mediator-like roles, often being termed as "shaman" in the literature
A 1922 photograph of an Itneg female shaman in the Philippines making an offering to an apdel, a guardian anito of her village that reside in the water-worn stones known as pinaing.
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