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Synopsis:

This startling book reveals a new way of understanding the remarkable images painted or etched on rock walls by the people of prehistory.

Noting the similarity of prehistoric rock art with that created by some contemporary traditional societies, archaeologists Jean Clottes and David Lewis-Williams suggest that the ancient images were created by shamans, powerful individuals who were able to contact the spirit world through trance and ritual. In many societies throughout history, shamans have been consulted to try to change the weather, foretell the future, control the movements of animals, and converse with the dead.

With an abundance of full-color illustrations, Clottes and Lewis-Williams draw on neuropsychology and ethnography to follow prehistoric shamans into their trance states. The authors shed light on what these rock artists were thinking and how they may have worked. On these pages, Paleolithic art and life are seen in a new and astonishing way.

Synopsis:

Noting the similarity between prehistoric rock art and that of some contemporary traditional societies, the authors suggest that shamans painted or etched these rock images. They reflect on neuropsychology and ethnography in revealing what these artists were thinking and how they may have worked.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780810941823
Author:
Clottes, Jean
Author:
Lewis-Williams, J. David
Author:
Abrams
Author:
Lewis-Williams, David
Publisher:
Harry N. Abrams
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Archaeology
Subject:
Europe
Subject:
Mysticism
Subject:
History - Prehistoric
Subject:
Primitive
Subject:
Art, prehistoric
Subject:
Petroglyphs
Subject:
Cave paintings
Subject:
Shamanism in art.
Subject:
Art, Shamanistic -- Europe.
Subject:
History - Prehistoric & Primitive
Edition Number:
1999
Edition Description:
English language ed.
Publication Date:
19981001
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 8 up to 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
120
Dimensions:
12 x 10.5 x 0.5 in 0.86 lb
Age Level:
from 13 up to 99

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History and Social Science » Anthropology » Shamanism
History and Social Science » Archaeology » World Prehistory

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Product details 120 pages Harry N. Abrams - English 9780810941823 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , This startling book reveals a new way of understanding the remarkable images painted or etched on rock walls by the people of prehistory.

Noting the similarity of prehistoric rock art with that created by some contemporary traditional societies, archaeologists Jean Clottes and David Lewis-Williams suggest that the ancient images were created by shamans, powerful individuals who were able to contact the spirit world through trance and ritual. In many societies throughout history, shamans have been consulted to try to change the weather, foretell the future, control the movements of animals, and converse with the dead.

With an abundance of full-color illustrations, Clottes and Lewis-Williams draw on neuropsychology and ethnography to follow prehistoric shamans into their trance states. The authors shed light on what these rock artists were thinking and how they may have worked. On these pages, Paleolithic art and life are seen in a new and astonishing way.

"Synopsis" by , Noting the similarity between prehistoric rock art and that of some contemporary traditional societies, the authors suggest that shamans painted or etched these rock images. They reflect on neuropsychology and ethnography in revealing what these artists were thinking and how they may have worked.
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