Ancestors, Territoriality, and Gods: A Natural History of Religion

Ancestors, Territoriality, and Gods: A Natural History of Religion

Springer | Religious Studies | August 28. 2016 | ISBN-10: 3662527553 | 290 Pages | pdf | 8.72 MB

Authors: Wunn, Ina, Grojnowski, Davina
The only solidly grounded theory about why and how religion began
Explains the theoretical background in simple terms
Each aspect of the theory is substantiated by archaeological examples and explanatory pictures

This books sets out to explain how and why religion came into being. Today this question is as fascinating as ever, especially since religion has moved to the centre of socio-political relationships. In contrast to the current, but incomplete approaches from disciplines such as cognitive science and psychology, the present authors adopt a new approach, equally manifest and constructive, that explains the origins of religion based strictly on behavioural biology. They employ accepted research results that remove all need for speculation. Decisive factors for the earliest demonstrations of religion are thus territorial behaviour and ranking, coping with existential fears, and conflict solution with the help of rituals. These in turn, in a process of cultural evolution, are shown to be the roots of the historical and contemporary religions.

Number of Illustrations and Tables
97 b/w illustrations
Religious Studies, general
Behavioral Sciences
Cultural Heritage
Evolutionary Biology


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