Animism is the belief that personalized supernatural beings (or souls) inhabit all objects and govern their existence. Is a traditional religious attitude, in Africa . In an extended sense is the belief in the existence of soul or spirits apart from matter.
'Everything is conscious" or "everything has a soul".
Modern Neopagan sometimes describe their belief system as animist. One example of this, is the idea that the Mother goddess and Horned god consist of everything that exists.
The term is also the name of a theory of religion, proposed by the anthropologist Sir E. B. Tylor in his 1871 book, Primitive Culture.