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San Spirituality Roots, Expression, and Social Consequences

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ISBN-10: 0759104328

ISBN-13: 9780759104327

Edition: 2004

Authors: Elizabeth Moore, J. David Lewis-Williams, D. G. Pearce

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At the intersection between western culture and Africa, we find the San people of the Kalahari desert. Once called Bushmen, the San have survived many characterizations-from pre-human animals by the early European colonials, to aboriginal conservationists in perfect harmony with nature by recent New Age adherents. Neither caricature does justice to the complex world view of the San. Eminent anthropologists David Lewis-Williams and David Pearce present a instead balanced view of the spiritual life of this much-studied people, examining the interplay of their cosmology, myth, ritual, and art.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: AltaMira Press
Publication date: 8/13/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

David Lewis-Williams is Professor Emeritus and Senior Mentor at the Rock Art Research Institute, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He is the author of The Mind in the Cave , Conceiving God , Inside the Neolithic Mind, and Deciphering Ancient Minds.

A note on the orthography
A note on san ethnography
Mind, stone, spirit
Roots in the brain : a neurological interlude
Cosmology, graves, and transition
Kalahari life : a photographic background
Metaphors of transition
Punctuated normality
Controlling rain
Transformations in reticulations
Spirituality in society
San spirituality today