The student will know one criteria of a animistic religion

The student will know name of one animistic religion


Sheets of ruled & blank paper.




  1. Opening Gassho
  2. Roll
  3. Question: What is an animistic religion?
  4. Presentation
    1. Review
      1. What is religion?
      2. Religion is an organized set of common set of beliefs held by people to explain aspects of the human existence.
      3. Arises from our brain’s ability and desire to draw patterns into things and events.
    2. Animistic religions
      1. Based on animals, plants and sometimes inanimate objects having spirits
      2. These are the oldest religions based on nomadic past.
      3. Explained where animals/food were and went.
      4. Why the animals did things.
      5. Respect for animals/plants, etc.
      6. Spirits active in human lives
      7. No clear distinctions between spirits, demons and gods
      8. Led by “shamans” who are also doctors and priests
      9. Provided a societal bonding/togetherness which humans crave
  5. Discussion
    1. What do you think?
    2. Are they valid in this scientific world?
    3. There are modern versions that take aspects of modern religions. They do have appeal. Do they appeal to you? Why?
  6. Activity: Find that animastic religion
    1. Similar to Clue
    2. Objective is to find your central aspects
      1. Key belief
      2. Key spirit/god
      3. Key regions
      4. Key practice
    3. Rule
      1. Designate roles: Roller, Token, Recorder
      2. Roll a die, Divide by 2 (1,2: 1 step, 3,4: 2 steps, 5: 3 steps, 6: anyware)
      3. Walk that many steps
      4. If you can tag another Token, then you can:
        1. Ask for one Fact
        2. Send the other team back to Home Region
      5. When you get to a country, roll a die
        1. Read the clue for that roll.
    4. Home Regions
      1. Long House (Iroquois)
        1. Belief: Great Spirit created plants, animals and humans to control “the forces of good in nature”
        2. Spirit: Thunderer, Great Spirit
        3. Region: Northeast US
        4. Practice: Interpreting dreams
      2. Dreamtime (Australian Aborigine)
        1. Belief: All knowledge is obtained through one’s ancestors
        2. Spirit: Rainbow Serpent
        3. Region: Eastern Australia
        4. Practice: Initiation rite
      3. Polynesian
        1. Belief: Islands formed by marriage of sky and earth
        2. Spirit: Tangaroa, the god of sea and of fishing
        3. Region: Polynesia
        4. Practice: Hula to tell story
      4. Shinto
        1. Belief: Japan formed by Izanagi with sister Izanami stirs the water with a spear
        2. Spirit: Amaterasu, the Sun goddess
        3. Region: Japan and southern tip of Korea
        4. Practice: Cleansing rituals
      5. Taoism
        1. Belief: Immortals protect the world from evil.
        2. Spirit: Jade Emperor
        3. Region: Han Empire (Yangtze River Valley)
        4. Practicing: Worshipping the father-emperor