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Author Clottes, Jean.

Title The Shamans of prehistory : trance and magic in the painted caves / Jean Clottes and David Lewis-Williams ; translated from the French by Sophie Hawkes
Published New York : Harry N. Abrams, 1998

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Description 120 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 32 cm
Contents 1. Shamanism -- 2. The Art of the Caves and Rock Shelters -- 3. One Hundred Years of Searching for Meaning -- 4. Cave Art and Shamanism -- 5. The Shamanic World
Summary The universality of shamanistic power and practice among today's hunter-gatherers - along with the similarity of rock art found in varied sites around the world - has led Jean Clottes and David Lewis-Williams to suggest in this new book that the great art of paleolithic caves can be best understood through the lens of shamanism. Indeed, this is not a monograph on a particular site, but a general discussion of the art of painted caves and their shamanistic meaning. Through the authors' revealing words and the abundant full-color illustrations, we follow shamans into their trance states, and we watch as they carefully paint and engrave on rock surfaces the shapes of animals whose power they seek. As we learn how drawings and rituals were likely modes of shamanistic contact, we understand best the actions, accomplishments, and traces left behind by prehistoric shamans
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references page 117 - 118 and index
Subject Cave paintings -- Europe.
Petroglyphs -- Europe.
Art, Prehistoric -- Europe.
Art, Shamanistic -- Europe.
Shamanism in art.
Author Lewis-Williams, J. David.
LC no. 98004151
ISBN 0810927713 paperback
0810941821 hardcover
Other Titles Chamanes de la préhistoire. English