|Theism Diagram: Animism|
Last week my Amazon Druid pal wrote a post discussing her meanderings through the sticky wickets of theism. I won't bother with the rundown of her personal conclusions, since they are hers alone, but you can read about them here: Faith.
What struck me about her discussion was the diagram she used to illustrate various theistic worldviews. It didn't include animism & I thought that was interesting given that animists are not an insignificant population (depending on your sources, anywhere from 232 million (4%) to 40% of the world population). When I asked her permission to use the image, she told me that the illustration was just a random image she found using a certain large, multi-national search engine, so I decided to see if I could find a diagram that included animism. I did not.
|Theism Diagrams. Found @ BG.|
I had been waiting on posting this because I thought perhaps I might come up with something clever or erudite to say to accompany the illustration, but the truth is, the image really says it all. The only thing I might add is the caveat that this is my personal depiction of the animistic worldview, so I cannot say it speaks for any other animist out there in the ether or otherwise. (To be honest, I can't really find them...)
I tend to view myself as a polytheistic animist, so this is why my circles say "god/spirit." In my version of this universe, we are pretty much inundated with entities of varying potency & spirits, gods, etc. are plenty -- not just archetypes of one or two. (This is one of the many reasons why I always struggled with Wicca. This is also why I do not equate Dionysus with Bacchus, but these are both stories for another day.) Regardless of their status, They are -- as we are --important parts the Great Web.
Note: I did just happen upon an old (2007) theism discussion started on some random website where someone had posted their version of an animistic theism diagram. It turns out I'm not completely off-base: see Theism Diagrams. The actual image can be seen here, where the blue circles represent "divinity" & the green oval is "Earth." Not exactly how I see it, but still in the same ballpark. Interesting.