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Genetic predilections and predispositions for the development of shamanism

  • Jacob A. Fiala (a1) and Frederick L. Coolidge (a1)


Singh's cultural evolutionary theory of shamanism provides a valuable framework for understanding shamanism. We argue, however, that a full understanding of shamanism should incorporate the psychological predilections and genetic predispositions commonly found in individual shamans. In other words, only a small subset of individuals in a culture is prone or attracted to shamanistic practices, regardless of the evolutionary value of those practices.



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