Talismans in Animism: Personhood, Relationship and Fetishism

The importance and usefulness of objects within animism, as cultural social agents and material embodiments, with which relationships can be created, maintained and even renewed. In this video I’m also going to briefly express the problem with the idea of omnipresence and omnipotence of entities, especially of deities. Hope you find this video entertaining, but perhaps, most importantly, useful. Have a wonderful day!

In my academic works in video format I often present sources in the form of a bibliography by the end of each video. However, I don’t often do this in videos concerning animism. Usually I pick a subject and present the sources I’ve used that have helped me to construct an academic work about that same subject. But when it comes to Animism, the sources are too many, and I end up creating a speech based on everything I’ve learned, thus far, concerning Animism, which is why it’s difficult to present a specific bibliography in each of the videos I do about Animism. It’s never about a specific subject but instead it’s about a world-view. My videos about Animism are the product of several sources I’ve studied, especially anthropological accounts and archaeological reports, but also interviews I’ve done to some indigenous peoples, as well as putting to practice what I’ve learned, and as such I take new conclusions. However, this doesn’t mean I’m not able to recommend sources. It’s just difficult to present an endless list of sources because this isn’t about a concrete subject, but a wide range of animistic indigenous perceptions towards life. So allow me to suggest/recommend some sources/authors: Rane Willerslev, Viveiros de Castro, Graham Harvey as recent sources, but also an older one Irving Hallowell. Each focuses on different cultures such as Siberian, Amazonian, Ojibwe, etc. so you get a different pictures but also common and similar perceptions, beliefs and conceptions from different cultures and geographical realities; I also recommend that last book I’ve made a review on, “Evergreen Ash”, by Christopher Abram, which is a good animistic approach (of sorts) to Old Norse and Icelandic cutlural aspects; Fabio Rambelli as well for animism in Japan in contemporary times, as Japan is still quite animistic and it’s useful to understand how things are these days; Thomas DuBois has a very interesting book “Shamanism” and he picks various cases but one in particular which is the case of Thai Vang Yang, a practicing Hmong txiv neeb. As I often say, there’s no shamanism without an animistic understanding, so this one will also be useful; Also, check Roger S. Gottlieb, it’s really worth it; Also Juha Pentikäinen, perhaps even Joy Francis, Knut Helskot and Hans Mebius for Finno-Ugric studies.

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