Shamanic and\or cognitive evolution

  • Mihály Hoppál Institute of Ethnology, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest
Keywords: shamanic initiation, hunting, singing, visual symbolism, rock art, community rituals


Many misconceptions have been associated with shamanism. Recent studies, however, show a way to reinterpret basic concepts concerning shamanism. New field data from ethnology/anthropology, and studies on cognitive evolution have provided new results to enable a reconstruction of some mechanisms which contributed to early developments in the social life and intellectual history of prehistoric people. Shamanic healing methods, simple rhythmic and motor patterns and visual/symbolic representations are the focus of this analytical paper.


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HoppálM. (2006). Shamanic and\or cognitive evolution. Documenta Praehistorica, 33, 229-236.