The animistic origin of religion is therefore not proven.
This animistic tendency is a marked characteristic of primitive Man in every land.
There is, however, no proof that the belief is animistic in the proper sense.
His world-conception is highly animistic. He feels the thrill of life everywhere, in plants, earth, stars, the total universe.
The Maoris ate their enemies' hearts to gain their courage, but to whatever degree animistic beliefs may have once contributed to their cannibalism, it is certain that long before Captain Cook's visit religious sanction for the custom had long given place to mere gluttonous enjoyment.