This article is from the Religion-Shamanism FAQ, by Dean Edwards, Stef Jones, Jilara, Jane Beckman, Ann Albers with numerous contributions by others.
A spirit which embodies the essence of an elemental
of natural force. Such spirits may be encountered in this world or
while journeying in other alternate realities and states of
Dean Edwards (email@example.com)
Entity associated with a natural force or spirit of place. Most
Japanese kami are nature spirits.
The spirit of a place or living being (such as a tree) in the Middle
World (earth). Can be contacted shamanically.
Stef Jones (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Spirit/essence/energy of a plant, animal, or mineral
Ann Albers (email@example.com)