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Unformatted text preview: not necessarily shamans, they retain the mystic feel and trances of shamans. In Inside the Neolithic Mind , Rousseau is quoted as saying no state has ever been founded without religion serving as its base. This statement rings true even in Neolithic times. Religion was the central theme, after food. However, he continues, the difference is that natural man had a theism without altars, rites, merely a cult-like theism. Lewis-Williams and Pierce point out many times that natural man and modern man are very similar in many aspects. Culture, however, mediates the way each views an event. Even in modern society, simple things can mean nothing to one part of the world and everything elsewhere. Prehistoric religion governed the life of prehistoric man. Modern religion (more often than not) governs the life of modern man....
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course REL 090 taught by Professor Girardot during the Fall '07 term at Lehigh University .
- Fall '07