The social functions of shamanism

  title={The social functions of shamanism},
  author={Rachel E. Watson-Jones and Cristine H. Legare},
  journal={Behavioral and Brain Sciences},
Abstract Cultural evolutionary accounts of shamanism must explain the cross-cultural recurrence and variation in associated practices. We suggest that Singh's account of shamanism would be strengthened by considering the social functions of shamanism in groups. Shamanism increases social group cohesion, making it distinct from other magico-religious practices. 
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