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Commitment enforcement also explains shamanism's culturally shared features

  • Stefan Linquist (a1)

Abstract

The proposed explanation for the evolution of shamanism is not the only viable option. I sketch an alternative commitment hypothesis that views shamanism as an adaptation at the level of biological individuals or cultural groups. To the extent that these hypotheses make overlapping predictions about the culturally shared features of shamanism, we lack adequate evidence to discriminate among them.

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Evans-Pritchard, E. E. (1937) Witchcraft, oracles and magic among the Azande. Clarendon Press.
Linquist, S. (2016) Which evolutionary model best explains the culture of honour? Biology and Philosophy 31:213–35.

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