Spring 2023 - ARCH 226 OL01
Shamans, Sacrifice and Psychedelics (3)
Class Number: 4267
Delivery Method: Distance Education
Charts the emergence and changes in the expression of human religious behavior. It covers the earliest rituals of the Palaeolithic, the importance of fertility cults, ancestor cults, alliance rituals, shamans, witchcraft, and monotheism. Breadth-Humanities/Social Sciences.
An overview of how archaeologists attempt to recognize ritual behaviors and religion in the past. Topics include the distinction between traditional religions and book religions, shamanism, altered states of consciousness, monumental architecture, ritual offerings, ritual warfare, human sacrifice, and human burial and cremation. Examples are drawn from a wide variety of ancient cultures, ranging from the state societies of the Maya and Egypt, to smaller farming communities such as Chaco Canyon (North America), and foraging cultures of the distant past.
- Discussion Assignments (5 @ 2% each) 10%
- Short Assignments (2 @ 10% each) 20%
- Midterm Exam 35%
- Final Exam 35%
No required text. Readings will be made available online.
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