Animatism refers to "a belief in a generalized, impersonal power over which people have some measure of control." Coined by British anthropologist Robert Marett, the concept argues that some world cultures believe that all organisms (humans, animals, plant-life, and objects) possess certain powers. These powers are considered both supernatural and impersonal. For instance, the belief that natural features (mountains, springs, tree groves, etc) or created items (stone figures, idols, icons, etc.) possess spiritual or supernatural powers would be considered a form of animatism.

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