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- DescriptionPearson brings a cogent, well-argued case for the understanding of much prehistoric art as shamanistic practice. Using the theoretical premises of cognitive archaeology and a careful examination of rock art worldwide, Pearson is able to dismiss other theories of why ancient peoples produced art_totemism, art-for-art's sake, structuralism, hunting magic. Then examining both ethgraphic and neuropsychological evidence, he makes a strong case for the use of shamanistic ritual and hallucigenic substances as the genesis of much prehistoric art. Bolstered with examples from contemporary cultures and archaeological sites around the world, Pearson's thesis should be of interest t only to archaeologists, but art historians, psychologists, cultural anthropologist, and the general public.
- Author BiographyJames L. Pearson has a Ph.D. in archaeology from University of California, Santa Barbara. He became an archaeologist after a long career as a business executive and is now working toward bringing archaeology to the general public.
- Author(s)James L. Pearson
- PublisherAltaMira Press,U.S.
- Date of Publication18/02/2002
- SubjectThe Arts: General & Reference
- Series TitleArchaeology of Religion
- Series Part/Volume Number2
- Place of PublicationCalifornia
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintAltaMira Press,U.S.
- Content Notereferences, index
- Weight440 g
- Width154 mm
- Height231 mm
- Spine18 mm
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