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Animatism is a term R. R. Marett[?] created to refer to the belief of certain cultures in supernatual forces and powers. Unlike animism, these forces are inanimate and impersonal. For example. the Melanesians, believe in mana as a force inherent in all objects. It is not physical per se, but may manifest itself physically. In their system of belief a warrior who performs bravely in battle does so because of mana containing amulet he wears.

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