This represents a particular form of animism, for the soul of the ancestor is thought to become a god.
Now this is connected with the question of animism, preanimism, and dynanimism.
animism, or the conception of indwelling spirit, arises subsequently.
Dread of these leads to worship, fetichism, and animism, the beginning of religion.
animism is opposed to Science, as well as to Magic, by its rejection of uniformity.
Were this all, indeed, it would be on the same foot with Magic and animism; but it is not all.
If you like you may call the whole process by the name of animism.
Nevertheless, the belief in animism has left some customs behind it.
Here we are, for once, just as far from naturism as from animism.
See also bibliography to Possession, animism and other articles.
1866, reintroduced by English anthropologist Sir Edward Burnett Taylor (1832-1917), who defined it (1871) as the "theory of the universal animation of nature," from Latin anima "life, breath, soul" (see animus) + -ism.
Earlier sense was of "doctrine that animal life is produced by an immaterial soul" (1832), from German Animismus, coined c.1720 by physicist/chemist Georg Ernst Stahl (1660-1734) based on the concept of the anima mundi. Animist is attested from 1819, in Stahl's sense; animisic is first recorded 1871.