What does animism mean?
The definition of animism
An”i*mism, n.
Etym: [Cf. F. animisme, fr. L. anima soul. See Animate.]

1 The doctrine, taught by Stahl, that the soul is the proper principle of life and development in the body.
2 The belief that inanimate objects and the phenomena of nature are endowed with personal life or a living soul; also, in an extended sense, the belief in the existence of soul or spirit apart from matter. Tylor.