Les chamanes de la pr histoire
Partout dans le monde, à toutes les époques, les hommes ont cherché à entrer en contact avec les esprits par l'intermédiaire des chamanes et de leurs voyages pendant la transe. Il était donc légitime de chercher à discerner la part de ces pratiques dans l'art préhistorique des cavernes. Paru en 1996, le livre Les Chamanes de la préhistoire a fait date : sans constituer le chamanisme en explication unique, il avance des hypothèses et ouvre des pistes intéressantes. Accueilli avec passion en France et à l'étranger, il a aussi trouvé des détracteurs et fait naître des polémiques.
What Is Paleolithic Art
Was it a trick of the light that drew our Stone Age ancestors into caves to paint in charcoal and red hematite, to watch the heads of lions, likenesses of bison, horses, and aurochs in the reliefs of the walls, as they flickered by firelight? Or was it something deeper—a creative impulse, a spiritual dawn, a shamanistic conception of the world efflorescing in the dark, dank spaces beneath the surface of the earth where the spirits were literally at hand? In this book, Jean Clottes, one of the most renowned figures in the study of cave paintings, pursues an answer to this “why” of Paleolithic art. While other books focus on particular sites and surveys, Clottes’s work is a contemplative journey across the world, a personal reflection on how we have viewed these paintings in the past, what we learn from looking at them across geographies, and what these paintings may have meant—what function they may have served—for their artists. Steeped in Clottes’s shamanistic theories of cave painting, What Is Paleolithic Art? travels from well-known Ice Age sites like Chauvet, Altamira, and Lascaux to visits with contemporary aboriginal artists, evoking a continuum between the cave paintings of our prehistoric past and the living rock art of today. Clottes’s work lifts us from the darkness of our Paleolithic origins to reveal, by firelight, how we think, why we create, why we believe, and who we are.
Cape Town 2007
Book & CD. The 17th Triannual Congress of the International Association for Analytical Psychology took place in Cape Town, South Africa, in August 2007. The presentations are printed in this volume. A CD with all the congress presentations and a selection of images is also included. Listed here are just a few of the many presentations: Journeys -- Encounters Clinical, Communal, Cultural, by Joe Cambray; How Does One Speak of Social Psychology in a Nation in Transition?, by Mamphela Ramphele; Trauma, Forgiveness and the Witnessing Dance: Making Public Spaces Intimate, by Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela; Shifting Shadows: Shaping Dynamics in the Cultural Unconscious, by Catherine Kaplinsky; Journey to the Center: Images of Wilderness and the Origins of the Southern African Association of Jungian Analysts, by Graham S Saayman; Panel: Prehistoric Rock Art: The Biped Surprised, by Christian Gaillard; and Harnessing the Brain: Vision and Shamanism in Upper Paleolithic Western Europe, by J D Lewis-Williams.
Written from an archaeological perspective, Painted Caves is a beautifully illustrated introduction to the oldest art of Western Europe: the very ancient paintings found in caves. Lawson offers an up to date overview of the geographical distribution of the sites and their significance within the varied network of Palaeolithic art.
A Cosmos in Stone
Collected articles of the world's preeminent rock art researchers and cognitive archaeologists.
Introducing the Mythological Crescent
There is a broad cultural region with related traditions of mythical beliefs interconnected by long-term contacts during prehistoric times. This area - called here the "Mythological Crescent" - is a zone of cultural convergence that extends from the ancient Middle East via Anatolia to southeastern Europe, opening into the wide cultural landscape of Eurasia.The very old interconnections between Eurasia and Anatolia are explored in this study for the first time. In a comparative view, striking similarities can be reconstructed for the ancient belief systems and the imagery of both regions which suggest convergent cosmological conceptualizations of high age. The beliefs and ritual practices of the indigenous peoples of Eurasia are rooted in the shamanism of the oldest cultural layers of the Palaeolithic. Although socioeconomic development in Anatolia was markedly different from cultural evolution in Eurasia, the hunters and gatherers in Anatolia who adopted sedentary lifeways did not entirely lose their ancient beliefs during the transition to plant cultivation (in the eighth millennium BCE). Archaic beliefs and imagery fused with new practices and innovations during the development of agrarian societies. One diagnostic motif which was perpetuated from the Palaeolithic to the Neolithic and beyond is represented by the production of female figurines (statuettes). Their significance for communal life has been linked to spiritual concepts of the continuity of life, the vegetation cycle, and the protection of the natural habitat of all living things as recorded in myths and historical folk art of Uralic and other peoples. The bear plays a significant role as a mythical animal in the imagery of Eurasia whereas this motif was lost in Anatolia during the transition from antiquity to the Middle Ages.
New Perspectives on Prehistoric Art
Presents some current approaches to prehistoric art and offers new insights into the meanings and functions of the era's paintings and sculptures.
The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Ritual and Religion
A comprehensive overview, by period and region, of the archaeology of ritual and religion. The coverage is global, and extends from the earliest prehistory to modern times. Written by over sixty renowned specialists, the Handbook presents the very best in current scholarship, and will also stimulate further research.
Journey Through the Ice Age
Journey through the Ice Age not only offers an invaluable synthesis of our current state of knowledge about Paleolithic people and the societies in which they lived, but also presents a visual feast of imagery. The text is illustrated with unsurpassed photography of the late Jean Vertut whose photos have never before been published on this scale.
The Concept of Shamanism
This book emerged from two sessions of the 4th International Conference of the International Society for Shamanic Research held in France in 1997. One session was devoted to prehistory, another to "urban shamanisms and neo-shamanisms." All the papers published in the second part of this book devoted to modernizing societies were presented at the conference. Discussions on prehistory developed subsequently, and new contributions have also been included.