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A spirit is a non-corporeal entity found in many religions and belief systems throughout the world. The word has many connections to the concept of the soul, with the difference that a spirit is not necessarily linked to a human.

In many belief systems, spirits are on the same plane of existence as gods, though of much lesser magnitude. For example Zeus was a god and any given dryad a spirit in greek mythology.

Many nature religions believe that everything found in nature has a personification, a spirit. Theese spirits may be prayed to, or in other ways coerced, in order to gain more favourable conditions. In such religions, magic is an integral part of reality, in effect the ability to communicate with the spirits.

Historically, spirits have been ascribed any number of powers, both over nature and over humans. Often a spirits power is said to be linked with its purpose in creation.

In some parts of the world, spirits are believed to be able to possess humans and control their behaviour.

Spirit is also used as a synonym for alcohol