Animism is the belief that inanimate natural objects (like rocks or rivers) are animate living things , or contain souls or spiritual forces.

Webster Dictionary Meaning

1. Animism
- The doctrine, taught by Stahl, that the soul is the proper principle of life and development in the body.
- The belief that inanimate objects and the phenomena of nature are endowed with personal life or a living soul; also, in an extended sense, the belief in the existence of soul or spirit apart from matter.
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