An Archaeology of Yoga

@article{Mcevilley1981AnAO,
  title={An Archaeology of Yoga},
  author={Thomas Mcevilley},
  journal={RES: Anthropology and Aesthetics},
  year={1981},
  volume={1},
  pages={44 - 77}
}
  • Thomas Mcevilley
  • Published 1 March 1981
  • Philosophy
  • RES: Anthropology and Aesthetics
Various models have been offered for the early history of yoga: this paper will deal with two. The primitivist model proposes that yogic practices derived somehow from shamanism and agricultural magic. This hypothesis has naturally enlisted the Indus Valley to its cause, finding in certain seal impressions and sculptures evidences of proto-yoga. The chief problems of this approach have been the vagueness with which it has been presented, and the definition of the changes which this Ur-yoga… 

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