Prehistoric Belief: Shamans, Trance and the Afterllife



A unique and accessible analysis of the belief systems of the prehistoric people of Europe Both extensively researched and fast-paced, this groundbreaking book tackles all the big subjects in archaeology: the spread of humans from Africa, the rise of social groups, the adoption of agriculture, the construction of monuments, the emergence of metal, and the fall of the Celtic tribes. In showing that belief was central to these epic changes, as well as influencing the most mundane, everyday task, a new understanding of our prehistoric past emerges. Evocative vignettes take readers back in time to experience for themselves the sights, smells, and sounds of the past. It is only with the advent of modern science that we can begin to unravel the lives of those who lived thousands of years ago, people who were adept at entering trance and found the other world there to be as real as their own. This is a new way to approach prehistory, putting people and the beliefs that they held center stage. For without understanding people’s beliefs, we will never comprehend their world.

ISBN: 9780752449210
Publisher: History Press
Pub Date: 11/2010
Format: Paperback
Weight: 1.90lbs
Size: 9.70h x 6.80w x 0.80d

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Weight 1.9 lbs
Dimensions 9.7 × 6.8 × 0.8 in