Author: John A. Cohan

The Primitive Mind and Modern Man

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ISBN: 978-1-60805-335-3 (Print)
ISBN: 978-1-60805-087-1 (Online)
Year of Publication: 2010
DOI: 10.2174/97816080508711100101

Introduction

This book is in the field of cultural anthropology and transcultural psychology, and is intended for college courses in anthropology and psychology, and general readership. The book focuses on intriguing facts about primitive cultures around the world, and provides insights into living traditions and different world views. A principal theme of the book is that we can gain a better understanding of ourselves by a "detour" to other cultures. The book shows how modern ways of thinking are parallel to those of primitive cultures, and engages readers to become more aware of who they are. As shown throughout the book, there is not, after all, a very wide gulf between primitive and modern cultures. The book covers many topics including animism, shamanism, totemism, hunting and cultivation rituals, altered states of consciousness, envy and the evil eye, how people deal with conflicts, potlatches, cargo cults, how people satisfy the need for social approval, culture-bound syndromes, folk medicine, treatment of women, raising of children, nomadic peoples, treatment of the dead, and other topics.

Preface

- Pp. i-iii (3)
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Why Study Primitive Cultures?

- Pp. 1-21 (21)
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Cultural Relativism

- Pp. 22-28 (7)
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Apollonian and Dionysian Cultures

- Pp. 29-36 (8)
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Mana

- Pp. 37-48 (12)
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Animism

- Pp. 49-75 (27)
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Totemism

- Pp. 76-82 (7)
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Hunting and Cultivation Rituals

- Pp. 83-94 (12)
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Shamanism: The "Wounded Healer"

- Pp. 95-113 (19)
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Envy and the Evil Eye

- Pp. 114-126 (13)
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Altered States of Consciousness

- Pp. 127-132 (6)
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Trance and Possession States

- Pp. 133-149 (17)
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Magic, Sorcery and Witchcraft

- Pp. 150-166 (17)
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Death by Suggestion: Voodoo Death, Taboo Death, and Pointing the Bone

- Pp. 167-171 (5)
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The Placebo Effect

- Pp. 172-174 (3)
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Dealing with Conflicts, Aggressive Impulses, Enemies and War

- Pp. 175-191 (17)
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Treatment of the Dead

- Pp. 192-200 (9)
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Potlatches

- Pp. 201-206 (6)
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Status, Prestige, Recognition-the Need for Social Approval

- Pp. 207-211 (5)
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Culture-Bound Syndromes

- Pp. 212-229 (18)
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Mass Hysteria, Mass Possession

- Pp. 230-235 (6)
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Folk Medicine

- Pp. 236-245 (10)
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The Treatment and the Role of Women in Primitive Cultures

- Pp. 246-254 (9)
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Child Rearing and the Treatment of Children in Primitive Cultures

- Pp. 255-259 (5)
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Cargo Cults

- Pp. 260-265 (6)
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Nomadic Peoples: A Case Study of the Batek People of Malaysia

- Pp. 266-273 (8)
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References

- Pp. 274-289 (16)
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APPDENDIX

- Pp. 290-309 (20)
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Index

- Pp. 310-320 (11)
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