Wednesday, July 28, 2010
A question I am often asked when I explain animism is whether things created by human hands, what I call manufactured things, are also alive, ensouled, and intelligent. I do not speak for all animists, but manufactured things sometimes speak to me. Household items, especially. Blankets. Teapots. When I was a kid, I had a relationship with the streetlamp that lit up the city night outside my window.
Manufactured things are a different sort of life form from trees and rocks and clouds, nonhumans made by the Creator's hand.
But who knows? Maybe I'm just nuts. What is your experience with manufactured things?
Best to all,