Animism

World Religions

Where and When It Originated

Native or aboriginal people formed animism. It may be considered the first religion.

Some scholars refer to it as nature worship.

The origins of animism are unknown.

Major Beliefs

Many natural items or creatures are born with their own spirit.

Sacred animals that are spirit creatures will not be seen as food source.

Prophets or Holy & Sacred Individuals

None

Location

Subsaharan Africa

Native American Tribes

Tribes of Amazon Rainforest

Holy Book or Writings

None

Places of Worship

None

Worship can happen wherever people are or where they are in touch with the spirits.

Holy Days

None

Sacred Symbols and Cities

In Native American tribes, the particular animal that the person identifies with is considered sacred.

Religious Leaders

Shaman

Medicine Man