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dc.contributor.authorTully, CJ
dc.contributor.authorCrooks, S
dc.date.accessioned2020-12-04T02:41:35Z
dc.date.available2020-12-04T02:41:35Z
dc.date.issued2015-04-03
dc.identifier.citationTully, C. J. & Crooks, S. (2015). Dropping Ecstasy? Minoan Cult and the Tropes of Shamanism. Time and Mind: the journal of archaeology, consciousness and culture, 8 (2), pp.129-158. https://doi.org/10.1080/1751696X.2015.1026029.
dc.identifier.issn1751-696X
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11343/252808
dc.description.abstractCult scenes illustrated in miniature on administrative stone seals and metal signet rings from Late Bronze Age Minoan Crete are commonly interpreted as “Epiphany Scenes” and have been called “shamanic”. “Universal shamanism” is a catch-all anthropological term coined to describe certain inferred ritual behaviors across widely dispersed cultures and through time. This study re-examines evidence for Minoan cultic practices in light of key tropes of “universal shamanism”, including consumption of psychoactive drugs, adoption of special body postures, trance, spirit possession, communication with supernatural beings, metamorphosis, and the journey to other-worlds. It is argued that while existing characterizations of Minoan cult as “shamanic” are based on partial, reductionist and primitivist assumptions informed by neo-evolutionary comparative ethnologies, shamanism provides a dynamic framework for expanding understandings of Minoan cult. It is of course understood that while this study is a careful, informed analysis of the evidence, it is but one interpretation among others.
dc.languageEnglish
dc.publisherTaylor & Francis (Routledge)
dc.titleDropping Ecstasy? Minoan Cult and the Tropes of Shamanism
dc.typeJournal Article
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/1751696X.2015.1026029
melbourne.affiliation.departmentSchool of Historical and Philosophical Studies
melbourne.source.titleTime and Mind: the journal of archaeology, consciousness and culture
melbourne.source.volume8
melbourne.source.issue2
melbourne.source.pages129-158
melbourne.elementsid1014772
melbourne.contributor.authorTully, Caroline
dc.identifier.eissn1751-6978
melbourne.accessrightsOpen Access


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