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Ancestors, territoriality, and Gods : a natural history of religion / Ina Wunn, Davina Grojnowski.

Author/Creator:
Wunn, Ina author.
Publication:
Berlin : Springer, [2016]
Series:
Frontiers collection.
The frontiers collection
Format/Description:
Book
vii, 290 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Subjects:
Religion -- History.
Religion, Prehistoric.
Religion and civilization.
Cultural property -- Religious aspects.
Evolution (Biology) -- Religious aspects.
Summary:
This books sets out to explain how and why religion came into being. Today this question is as fascinating as ever, especially since religion has moved to the centre of socio-political relationships. In contrast to the current, but incomplete approaches from disciplines such as cognitive science and psychology, the present authors adopt a new approach, equally manifest and constructive, that explains the origins of religion based strictly on behavioural biology. They employ accepted research results that remove all need for speculation. Decisive factors for the earliest demonstrations of religion are thus territorial behaviour and ranking, coping with existential fears, and conflict solution with the help of rituals. These in turn, in a process of cultural evolution, are shown to be the roots of the historical and contemporary religions.
Contents:
Of Men and Apes
The Crux of a Darwinian Approach to Evolution
The Question of When? (Lower Palaeolithic, c. 2.6 mybp
300,000 ybp)
My Cave is my Castle
Middle Palaeolithic, Territoriality, and Death
Existential Fears
and an Excursus in Art History
A Forest of Symbols
the Art of the European Upper Palaeolithic (40,000-12,000ybp)
The Change of Imagery (the Central European Mesolithic, approx. 9,600-5,800 ybp)
Aedificio Ergo Sum (I build, thus I am). Early Settlers in the Fertile Crescent
The village, the ritual, and death
Ex Oriente Lux: Neolithic ideology becomes popular
Heroes, Gods, Sanctuaries
the male Principle and collective Cult
The exchange of gifts and the Underworld: Malta
The Double Axe and the Bull
a Pantheon Develops.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contributor:
Grojnowski, Davina, author.
ISBN:
9783662527559
3662527553
OCLC:
958994665
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