The Origins of Shamanism, Spirit Beliefs, and Religiosity

A Cognitive Anthropological Perspective

By (author) H. Sidky

Publication date:

21 June 2017

Length of book:

266 pages


Lexington Books

ISBN-13: 9781498551892

In The Origins of Shamanism, Spirit Beliefs, and Religiosity, H. Sidky examines shamanism as an ancient magico-religious, divinatory, medical, and psychotherapeutic tradition found in various parts of the world. Sidky uses first-hand ethnographic fieldwork and scientific theoretical work in archaeology, cognitive and evolutionary psychology, and neurotheology to explore the origins of shamanism, spirit beliefs, the evolution of human consciousness, and the origins of ritual behavior and religiosity.
A masterful and much needed consideration of shamanism drawing on the latest findings in the cognitive sciences. Outstanding.