Animism & Shamanism: Definitions, Worldviews & Ideologies


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If you were an Animist, which of the following might you believe about a deceased relative?

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1. Why is Animism NOT considered a religion?


Appropriately finish this dialogue between two anthropologists:

Anthropologist 1: All shamans believes trees are the most spiritual beings in nature.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Shamans are commonly accepted to be people appointed with the wisdom and ability to be in tune with the natural world. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of shamanism and its core philosophy, animism.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • What a shaman is, and what is attributed to shamanism
  • The definition of animism
  • How anthropologists approach animism and shamanism
  • Characteristics of cultures considered to practice animist beliefs

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet will allow students to test the following skills:

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained about animism and shamanism
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately identify key concepts, including examples of shamanistic behaviors
  • Making connections - correlate your anthropological knowledge to how these terms may be contextualized in unique applications
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about animism and shamanism

Additional Learning

To learn more about how animism and shamanism are observed in different cultures, review the accompanying lesson called Animism & Shamanism: Definitions, Worldviews & Ideologies. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Explains what animism is and how cultures are identified to it
  • Covers the evolving terminology of shamanism and the roles of shamans
  • Details core beliefs central to animism
  • Explains anthropological conflict and controversy regarding these terms