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The Origin of Religion in the Evolution of Humans

  • Ina Wunn
  • Davina Grojnowski
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Part of the New Approaches to the Scientific Study of Religion book series (NASR, volume 6)

Abstract

Preforms of religion can be found in the first burials, around 90,000 years ago, and in the first ethological signals communicated through cave art, around 40,000 years ago. These signals and burials gradually changed their format and meaning. Signaling female figurines became amulets and idols with protective attributes and a relationship to the Underworld. Formerly a mere marker for territorial claims, funerals turned into notions of an Underworld and powerful dead.

Keywords

Prehistoric funerals Figurines Dema 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ina Wunn
    • 1
  • Davina Grojnowski
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of PhilosophyLeibniz University of HanoverHanoverGermany
  2. 2.Formerly King’s CollegeLondonUK

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