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Article/Chapter Title:Animism Renaissance
Journal Title:Nichibunken Newsletter
Author(s):Yasuda, Yoshinori
Date of Publication:1990
Annotation:Yasuda reintroduces the concept of animism by describing two geneologies of civilization in terms of their relationship to the environment: 1) exploiting nature and, 2) living in harmony with nature. He locates the beginning of the former in Mesopotamia and traces its history through Greek and Roman civilization to Europe where Yasuda describes the environmental destruction facilitated by Christianity after its destruction of beliefs in the gods of the Germanic and Celtic peoples. In regard to the latter, Yasuda views Japanese history as historically animist and illustrative of his second geneology characterized by living peacefully and in harmony with nature. This article is based on many popular assumptions.
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