Reviews of Animism:
Respecting the Living World:
"The strengths of this book are its fluid and engaging ... writing; its openly committed stand on the central question, i.e., whether or not animals, plants, rivers, etc. are people, and its use of major ethnographic sources as evidence, together with conversations with indigenous peoples."
— Stewart Guthrie, Fordham University, author of Faces in the Clouds: A New Theory of Religion (Oxford University Press, 1995)
"Harvey's insightful and balanced study challenges both earlier studies of animism and more recent critics who argue that scholars should throw out the term altogether. This is a fascinating and passionate study of lifeworlds in which things are 'very much alive' and in which relation to non-human others is considered central."
— Sarah M. Pike, California State University, Chico, author of Earthly Bodies, Magical Selves: Contemporary Pagans and the Search for Community (University of California Press, 2001)
of The Handbook of Contemporary Animism:
“This Handbook is an outstanding collection of important voices and ideas. Nothing else like it currently exists. It is valuable across disciplines, for both faculty and students alike, and fills a tremendous void in the scholarly work on animism.” – Kenneth Mello, Southwestern University, USA
“The Handbook addresses a topic which fascinates scholars and students in religious studies and anthropology. Presenting an overview of the numerous approaches to both animism and its “siblings” fetishism and totemism, the Handbook examines the many definitions of animism - illustrating this with a wide range of case studies of indigenous traditions - and demonstrates the significance of animism today.” – Bettina E. Schmidt, University of Wales Trinity Saint David
my animist blogs on the New Statesman's "Faith Column"
click here (for the February blogs and you'll find the link to the March ones)
For an interview recorded by the Earth Medicine Alliance (California) for the "Voices of the Earth" Project (2006), click here for nine youtube segments
For some photos and links from the Green Man Festival 2007, including the "Strange Attractor Salon", click here
For more about me and my work see my other website: grahamharvey.org
to contact me, email: email@example.com
Site last updated: 18 Nov 2013 (after a ridiculously long gap)
First, a definition: "Animism is the attempt to live respectfully as members of the diverse community of living persons (only some of whom are human) which we call the world or cosmos."
Particular groups of animists express and evolve their worldviews and lifeways in various ways. These have considerable relevance to important debates among academics in many disciplines and among many other groups of people.
|About Animism: Respecting the Living World|
|Panpsychism and hylozoism|
|Animation and projection|
|Wights and other persons|
|Shamans and animism|