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An existential perspective on the psychological function of shamans

  • Simon Schindler (a1), Jeff Greenberg (a2) and Stefan Pfattheicher (a3)
Abstract

Shamans deal with events that involve the threat of death. They help buffer death anxiety because, through their claimed supernatural abilities, they can provide both hope for averting death and evidence for existence of a spirit world offering continuance beyond death. Thus, managing the threat of mortality probably played a major role in the development and maintenance of shamanism.

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Behavioral and Brain Sciences
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