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Anthropology of the spirit world characteristics ad intra
Anthropology of the spirit world:Characteristics “ad intra”

Two general clusters of features

  • Characteristics of immateriality

  • Characteristics of personality //


The immateriality of the spirits

Invisible

Intangible

Immortal //

The immateriality of the spirits


Spirits as personal entities

Discrete

Conscious

Named

Feel emotions

Live above or below

Live in community //

Spirits as personal entities


Anthropology of the spirit world characteristics ad extra
Anthropology of the spirit world:Characteristics “ad extra”

  • Aware of humans

  • Concerned with humans

  • Can communicate with humans

  • Can hear communications from humans

  • Have power to reward and benefit humans

  • Have power to punish and harm humans

  • Can possess humans, positively or harmfully

  • Can be influenced by human petitions or rituals //


Types of spirits
Types of spirits

  • Zoomorphic: form of plant or animal

  • Anthropomorphic: form of man or woman

  • Hybrid: Combined zoo- and anthro-


Emergence of the supreme being
Emergence of the Supreme Being

  • Political and theological co-evolution

  • Special traits of the Supreme Being

  • Gradual stripping of human traits //


Stepwise disappearance of anthropomorphic features
Stepwise disappearance of anthropomorphic features

  • Disappearance of God’s body

    • God’s gender

    • God’s body parts

  • Disappearance of God’s psyche

    • God’s emotions

    • God’s consciousness:


Types of pantheons social organization of the spirit world
Types of pantheons: Social organization of the spirit world

  • Egalitarian polytheism

  • Ranked polytheism

  • Henotheism

  • Monotheism


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