Shamans of the Lost World: A Cognitive Approach to the Prehistoric Religion of the Ohio Hopewell

Shamans of the Lost World: A Cognitive Approach to the Prehistoric Religion of the Ohio Hopewell

by William F. Romain
     
 

ISBN-10: 0759119058

ISBN-13: 9780759119055

Pub. Date: 10/16/2009

Publisher: AltaMira Press

Shamans of the Lost World bridges the gap between recent work in the cognitive sciences and some of humankind's oldest religious expressions. In this detailed look at the prehistoric shamanism of the Ohio Hopewell, Romain uses cognitive science, archaeology, and ethnology to propose that the shamanic worldview results from psychological mechanisms that have a basis

Overview

Shamans of the Lost World bridges the gap between recent work in the cognitive sciences and some of humankind's oldest religious expressions. In this detailed look at the prehistoric shamanism of the Ohio Hopewell, Romain uses cognitive science, archaeology, and ethnology to propose that the shamanic worldview results from psychological mechanisms that have a basis in our cognitive evolutionary development. The discussions in this volume of the most current theories concerning how early peoples came to believe in spirits and gods, as well as how those theories help account for what we find in the archaeological record of the Hopewell, are of interest to archaeologists and cognitive scientists alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780759119055
Publisher:
AltaMira Press
Publication date:
10/16/2009
Series:
Issues in Eastern Woodlands Archaeology Series
Pages:
270
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Theoretical Background and Methods
Hopewell Shamans
Hopewell Cosmology: Part I
Hopewell Cosmology: Part II
Roles of the Hopewell Shaman
Ways of the Hopewell Shaman
Afterword

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