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The Archaeology of Shamanism - Neil Price

The Archaeology of Shamanism

By: Neil Price (Editor)

Paperback Published: 25th October 2001
ISBN: 9780415252553
Number Of Pages: 256

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In this timely collection, Neil Price provides a general introduction to the archaeology of shamanism by bringing together recent archaeological thought on the subject. Blending theoretical discussion with detailed case studies, the issues addressed include shamanic material culture, responses to dying and the dead, shamanic soundscapes, the use of ritual architecture and shamanism in the context of other belief systems such as totemism. Following an intial orientation reviewing shamanism as an anthropological construct, the volume focuses on the Northern hemisphere with case studies from Greenland to Nepal, Siberia to Kazakhstan. The papers span a chronological range from Upper Palaeolithic to the present and explore such cross-cutting themes as gender and the body, identity, landscape, architecture, as well as shamanic interpretations of rock art and shamanism in the heritage and cultural identity of indigenous peoples. The volume also addresses the interpretation of shamanic beliefs in terms of cognitive neuroscience and the modern public perception of prehistoric shamanism.

Acknowledgementsp. xi
An Archaeology of Altered States: Shamanism and Material Culture Studiesp. 3
Southern African Shamanistic Rock Art in Its Social and Cognitive Contextsp. 17
Rock Art and the Material Culture of Siberian and Central Asian Shamanismp. 43
Shamans, Heroes and Ancestors in the Bronze Castings of Western Siberiap. 56
Sun Gods or Shamans? Interpreting the 'solar-Headed' Petroglyphs of Central Asiap. 65
The Materiality of Shamanism as a 'World-View': Praxis, Artefacts and Landscapep. 87
The Medium of the Message: Shamanism as Localised Practice in the Nepal Himalayasp. 105
North America and the North Atlanticp. 121
The Gendered Peopling of North America: Addressing the Antiquity of Systems of Multiple Gendersp. 123
Shamanism and the Iconography of Palaeo-Eskimo Artp. 135
Social Bonding and Shamanism Among Late Dorset Groups in High Arctic Greenlandp. 146
Northern Europep. 163
Special Objects - Special Creatures: Shamanistic Imagery and the Aurignacian Artp. 165
The Sounds of Transformation: Acoustics, Monuments and Ritual in the British Neolithicp. 178
An Ideology of Transformation: Cremation Rites and Animal Sacrifice in Early Anglo-Saxon Englandp. 193
Waking Ancestor Spirits: Neo-Shamanic Engagements with Archaeologyp. 213
Indexp. 231
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ISBN: 9780415252553
ISBN-10: 0415252555
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 25th October 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.06 x 18.85  x 1.19
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 1