best of luck with darwinian explanations…//Why did shamanism evolve in societies all around the globe? | Aeon Essays

Attempts to explain shamanism are nearly all failures.

Contemporary psychological science, let alone biological theories of evolution, have no way to grapple with the issue and the suspicion arises that shamanism is the remnant of a very ancient stage of human culture and consciousness. In principle the issue is not hard: it is the same issue of consciousness/self-consciousness that lies at the root of human confusion over the nature of being.
In any case darwinian thinking can’t do anything but befuddle the issue.

The trances and healing powers of shamans are so widespread that they can be counted a human universal. Why did they evolve?

Source: Why did shamanism evolve in societies all around the globe? | Aeon Essays

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