The evolution of the shaman's cultural toolkit

Aiyana K. Willard, Yo Nakawake, Jonathan Jong

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A complete picture of shamanism's cultural evolution requires an understanding of how the professionalization of shamanism affects the distribution of knowledge within societies. We suggest that limiting knowledge to fewer people could impede the accumulation of functional knowledge within shamanism. On this basis, we make further predictions about how the domain of shamanism could change and collapse.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e89
JournalThe Behavioral and brain sciences
Publication statusPublished - 6 Apr 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Physiology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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