A Cosmos in Stone: Interpreting Religion and Society Through Rock Art

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Rowman Altamira, 2002 - 309
J. David Lewis-Williams is world renowned for his work on the rock art of Southern Africa. In this volume, Lewis-Williams describes the key steps in his evolving journey to understand these images painted on stone. He describes the development of technical methods of interpreting rock paintings of the 1970s, shows how a growing understanding of San mythology, cosmology, and ethnography helped decode the complex paintings, and traces the development of neuropsychological models for understanding the relationship between belief systems and rock art. The author then applies his theories to the famous rock paintings of prehistoric Western Europe in an attempt to develop a comprehensive theory of rock art. For students of rock art, archaeology, ethnography, comparative religion, and art history, Lewis-Williams' book will be a provocative read and an important reference.
 

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Historical Setting
1
Man Must Measure
15
Ethnography and Iconography
51
Mystery Wrapped in Myth
73
Through the Veil
95
A Dream of Eland
119
Seeing and Construing
133
Building Bridges
163
Harnessing the Brain
191
Agency Altered Consciousness and Wounded Men
217
The Social Production and Consumption of Rock Art
247
References
271
Index
295
About the Author
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J. David Lewis-Williams is Director of the Rock Art Research Institute at University of Witwatersrand, South Africa, and is known internationally for his studies of South African rock art.

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