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From Earth Spirits to Sky Gods : The Socioecological Origins of Monotheism, Individualism and Hyper-Abstract Reasoning, from the Stone Age to the Axial Iron Age :  The Socioecological Origins of Monotheism, Individualism and Hyper-Abstract Reasoning, from the Stone Age to the Axial Iron Age - Bruce Lerro

From Earth Spirits to Sky Gods : The Socioecological Origins of Monotheism, Individualism and Hyper-Abstract Reasoning, from the Stone Age to the Axial Iron Age

The Socioecological Origins of Monotheism, Individualism and Hyper-Abstract Reasoning, from the Stone Age to the Axial Iron Age

Hardcover Published: March 2000
ISBN: 9780739100981
Number Of Pages: 360

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In this thought-provoking new book, Bruce Lerro offers a speculative reconstruction of the sacred beliefs and practices of cultures existing between 30,000 and 500 B.C.E. Lerro describes how material changes in various social formations--including hunting-gathering bands and horticulturalists in villages--were responsible for the shift from magic to realism, from the belief in earth spirits to faith in sky gods. Drawing from such diverse theorists as Marx and Engels, Vygotsky, Piaget, and George Herbert Mead, Lerro critiques and transforms mechanical, humanistic, new age, and countercultural perspectives on the history of sacred traditions. This study of comparative religion and mythology has important applications for the fields of archaeology, evolutionary anthropology, sociology, political science, and comparative psychology.

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This is a magnificent and original work with important implications for our understanding of social evolution.--Christopher Chase-Dunn, Johns Hopkins University

ISBN: 9780739100981
ISBN-10: 073910098X
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 360
Published: March 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.91 x 15.19  x 2.39
Weight (kg): 0.69

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