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Learning and Dreaming

Rane Willerslev

in Soul Hunters

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2007 | ISBN: 9780520252165
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520941007 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520252165.003.0010
Learning and Dreaming

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This chapter takes a look at hunters' storytelling, dreaming, and learning, arguing against theories of the “mental map,” which views storytelling as a medium for transmitting knowledge. It shows how Yukaghirs learn through nonverbal means, and how hunters' narratives serve as a tool for “humanizing” them when they return from the forest. The chapter also suggests the possibility that children could develop prototypical concepts of spirits through dream experiences.

Keywords: storytelling; dreaming; learning; mental map; knowledge; nonverbal means; narratives; dream experiences

Chapter.  9622 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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