Animism in the Japanese garden?
As I mentioned on another thread, I thought this might make for interesting (general) discussion. It might even lead to concrete applications. Does a Japanese-style garden promote the perception that the garden is "alive"? Do you feel when you do a rock arrangement, for example, that if done well the arrangement "gives off energy"? Do you wonder if native Japanese master-gardens feel this way (and you'd like to give quotes)? Is there room for general animistic worldviews in gardening (i.e., Shinto, some Native American views, many primitive cultures, etc)? From the scientific side, is there any basis for animism? How does your worldview compare to that, say, expounded by the writers in JoJG (which, positively or negatively, shouldn't be excluded for discussion in a forum like this)... These are some quick questions that might be relevant to the topic, maybe y'all can help re-phrase the discussion if you don't like these suggestions.