The cultural evolution of shamanism

  title={The cultural evolution of shamanism},
  author={Manvir Singh},
  journal={Behavioral and Brain Sciences},
  • Manvir Singh
  • Published 6 July 2017
  • Psychology
  • Behavioral and Brain Sciences
Abstract Shamans, including medicine men, mediums, and the prophets of religious movements, recur across human societies. Shamanism also existed among nearly all documented hunter-gatherers, likely characterized the religious lives of many ancestral humans, and is often proposed by anthropologists to be the “first profession,” representing the first institutionalized division of labor beyond age and sex. In this article, I propose a cultural evolutionary theory to explain why shamanism… 
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