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Laurasian Mythology in Historical Development

E. J. Michael Witzel

in The Origins of the World's Mythologies

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780195367461
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199932047 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195367461.003.0007
Laurasian Mythology in Historical Development

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This chapter focuses on the development that various mythologies have undergone since their inception. It takes a closer look at one item that stands in potential early myths—the importance of late Paleolithic shamanism—which is pervasive in hunter and gatherer cultures. The changes from the Late Paleolithic to state societies and dating of Gondwana and Laurasian mythology are discussed.

Keywords: Late Paleolithic; shamanism; Laurasian mythology; Gondwana mythology; myths

Chapter.  20289 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Religion

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