Descola’s ontology illustrated
Analogism can be seen as a hermeneutic dream of completeness and totalization which proceeds from a dissatisfaction: admitting that all the components of the world are separated by tiny discontinuities, it entertains the hope of weaving these weakly differentiated elements in a canvas of affinities and attractions which has all the appearances of continuity.1
The hydra is a classic—and Classical—representation of analogism.
Also representative of analogism is the Great Chain of Being or scala naturae, with humanity as center or apex.
With analogism, monarchs often serve to unify the natural order.
Analogism, and the frequently seen accompanying feature of divination, is common in West Africa. The video below is from a day trip I took to see the Sacred Fish of Dafra outside of Bobo-dioulasso, Burkina Faso.