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Unformatted text preview: animal serving as a link between the material and the spiritual worlds; the idealized and beautiful paintings providing ritual symbols that were a source of power. A central ritual for Bushman groups has been the trance dance, which is still practiced in the Kalahari. Lewis Williams was able to demonstrate that both the trance dance and the altered states of consciousness that it induced were depicted in the rock art of southern Africa. The art, it seems, was not merely a record but a stored source of potency that made the shamans’ contact with the spirit world possible....
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This note was uploaded on 04/16/2008 for the course ANTH 105 taught by Professor Johnstone during the Spring '08 term at Humboldt State University.
- Spring '08