Both Taoism, still influential in China and elsewhere in East Asia, and Shintoism, still important in Japan, retain strong elements of animism: animals, plants, natural objects, and even human-made artifacts have spirits. Advertisements that emphasize nature have far more success in Asia than in the West. The Nissan corporation discovered this fact, to its chagrin, when it opened its advertising...
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“Any creatures required as evidence in court cases-an illegal white tarantula that someone had left in a paper bag at the airport; a pair of piranhas, seized from the home of a pet-store manager, that had recently finished spawning in their holding tank - were maintained behind a door at the back of the office, in a dank purgatory of glass terraria and clacking, burbling aquariums.”...
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