Saturday, October 22, 2011

Shamanism: A Biopsychosocial Paradigm of Consciousness and Healing by Michael Winkelman




Michael Winkelman's revised Shamanism breaks new ground in our understanding of the origins of religion, and the qualities that uniquely make us human. Drawing from evolutionary psychology, he shows how religious ceremonies evolved out of earlier, pre-human systems of ritual communication; how these 'costly displays' are adaptively beneficial; and how healing responses can be induced from shamanistic states of consciousness. The result is essential reading for anyone interested in shamanism, human evolution, the origin of religion, and traditional healing practices















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