Shamanism and writing

From: Thomas Gottschall (
Date: Thu 08 May 1997 - 00:03:52 EEST

Hi everyone,

this came to me last week :
Writing is far less developed (if at all) in shamanistic societies. I
think the reason herefore is that shamans are able to summon spirits of
predecessors and divine and sorcery societies don't. So no one needs to
read and write while he can talk to the spirits directly and ask them
how this was 500 years ago while knowledge of dead Lunars is lost if it
is not written down. And maybe this is also the reason why shamans are
so highly ranked in those societies because they are the preservers of
knowledge and they can speak to the spirits and know all the old ways.
It would be terrible for such a society to lose a shaman who has talked
to let's say 100 spirits. It will take the new one years to receive the
knowledge the former shaman had.



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