Do not use Animism as a catchall word to describe paganism or other religions or spiritual frameworks that exist outside of major religions. Do not equate Animism to paganism, Voodoo or other belief systems. Animism should be capitalized, because it is a specific religious system.
Animism is a set of beliefs that attribute spirituality or a soul to plants, animals, geographic features and other nonhuman objects or entities.
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