Shamans as healers: When magical structure becomes practical function

  title={Shamans as healers: When magical structure becomes practical function},
  author={Nicholas Humphrey},
  journal={Behavioral and Brain Sciences},
  • N. Humphrey
  • Published 6 April 2018
  • Psychology
  • Behavioral and Brain Sciences
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