RE: Re:Spirits

From: Matthew Cole <matthew.cole_at_MVV_-0tbrOFo8Zj6oFS8zqROjxEpV7ry-gpRDw8AiFFrLY5zWpsPeAR69gaYC4r>
Date: Mon, 2 Jun 2008 16:58:22 +0100

Been a bit busy but found this article, so far:

Basic Practices in Animism

In animism there are numerous taboos or prohibitions. Prohibitions are made to preserve the harmony between the spiritual world and physical world. Places or people where the life force is concentrated are protected. Myriads of taboos exist and violation of them can result in cursing of a community and must be atoned for by sacrifices.

Sacred places. Sacred places of worship exist to commune with the spiritual world. These are places where sacred power is concentrated. In Haiti there is a sacred tree where a pact with the devil was signed over 200 years ago by the animistic witch doctors.

Sacred things. A whole host of objects possess power and are potentially dangerous. Stones are often believed to possess sacred power. This is one reason you can easily find crystal jewelry and other semi-precious stones for sale in catalogs and stores. Certain plants and insects are believed to be sacred and taboo. Carved images are believed to possess the spirit of divinities.

Sacred actions. Worship includes sacrifices of animals or plants to the deities. The priests or shamans perform the sacred rites. Omens play an essential role; this is the origin of saying "God bless you" after someone sneezes, to protect the spirits from jumping into the suddenly vulnerable person. Signs in the heavens and certain reptiles or animals encountered in a day (such as a black cat crossing one's path portending bad luck) may predict one's future.

Sacred words. There are many oaths, curses, and blessings. The spells of both white and black witchcraft are sacred words. Words are charged with sacred power if uttered by a priest.

What happens if the taboos or sacredness is violated? The same article talks of the spirits coming to punish the transgressor.

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Stephen McGinness Sent: 02 June 2008 10:03
Subject: Re:Spirits

ooh. Research sounds serious. One day I may get the time back to do research for my gaming. :-)

look forward to seeing if you get anywhere.


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