Origins of Religion

   Many theories about how religion began propose that shamanism is the earliest religion of humanity. This is rooted in the notion that hunter-gatherer societies are closest to the first human cultural groups and that such groups are more truly shamanic than urban dwelling or settled gardening societies. Mircea Eliade’s definitions of shamanism as “the archaic techniques of ecstasy” and of “authentic shamanism as the preserve of hunter-gatherers” (in contrast with allegedly degenerate forms found among peoples with other subsistence patterns) misleadingly enshrine these notions in wider imagination.

Historical dictionary of shamanism. . 2007.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • religion, study of — Introduction       attempt to understand the various aspects of religion, especially through the use of other intellectual disciplines.       The history of mankind has shown the pervasive influences of religion, and thus the study of religion,… …   Universalium

  • religion, sociology of — The scientific study of religious institutions, beliefs, and practices had its origins in Marxism and the neo Hegelian critique of religion, but it is primarily associated with the late nineteenth century research into religious phenomena by… …   Dictionary of sociology

  • Religion in ancient Greece — Greek religion encompasses the collection of beliefs and rituals practiced in ancient Greece in the form of both popular public religion and cult practices. These different groups varied enough so that one might speak of Greek religions , though… …   Wikipedia

  • religion — [12] Latin religiō originally meant ‘obligation, bond’. It was probably derived from the verb religāre ‘tie back, tie tight’ (source of English rely), a compound formed from the prefix re ‘back’ and ligāre ‘tie’ (source of English liable,… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • Religion — • The voluntary subjection of oneself to God Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Religion     Religion     † …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Religion in the United States — has a history of diversity, due in large part to the nation s multicultural demographic makeup. Among developed nations, the US is one of the most religious in terms of its demographics. According to a 2002 study by the Pew Global Attitudes… …   Wikipedia

  • Religion in Indonesia — Religion plays a major role in life in Indonesia. It is stated in the first principle of the state ideology, Pancasila: belief in the one and only God . A number of different religions are practiced in Indonesia and their collective influence on… …   Wikipedia

  • Origins of the American Civil War — For events following South Carolina s declaration of secession from the Union, see Battle of Fort Sumter and American Civil War. The Battle of Fort Sumter was the first stage in a conflict that had been brewing for decades. The main explanation… …   Wikipedia

  • Origins of Judaism — This article discusses the historical roots of Judaism throughout the 1st millennium BCE. For the origins of the modern day religion of Judaism, see Origins of Rabbinic Judaism. Scenes from the Book of Esther decorate the Dura Europos synagogue… …   Wikipedia

  • Religion in Fiji — Prior to the introduction of Christianity and other belief systems, Fijian religion could be classified in modern terms as forms of animism and divination which strongly affected every aspect of life.Fiji today is generally considered a Christian …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.