Shamans of Prehistory: Trance and Magic in the Painted Caves

Shamans of Prehistory: Trance and Magic in the Painted Caves

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Shamans of Prehistory: Trance and Magic in the Painted Caves by Jean Clottes, David Lewis-Williams

This startling book reveals a new way of understanding the remarkable images painted or etched on rock walls by the people of prehistory.

Noting the similarity of prehistoric rock art with that created by some contemporary traditional societies, archaeologists Jean Clottes and David Lewis-Williams suggest that the ancient images were created by shamans, powerful individuals who were able to contact the spirit world through trance and ritual. In many societies throughout history, shamans have been consulted to try to change the weather, foretell the future, control the movements of animals, and converse with the dead.

With an abundance of full-color illustrations, Clottes and Lewis-Williams draw on neuropsychology and ethnography to follow prehistoric shamans into their trance states. The authors shed light on what these rock artists were thinking and how they may have worked. On these pages, Paleolithic art and life are seen in a new and astonishing way.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810941823
Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date: 09/01/1998
Pages: 120
Product dimensions: 10.75(w) x 12.37(h) x 0.75(d)

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