Laboratoire méditerranéen de préhistoire Europe Afrique (LAMPEA) — UMR 7269 — Université d’Aix-Marseille, CNRS, INRAP

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The Intellectual and spiritual expressions of non literate people

[16ème Congrès UISPP - Appel à contributions]

4-10 septembre 2011
Florianopolis (Brésil)

"Dear Friends and Colleagues,

It is a pleasure to invite you to participate in the session of our Committee which, as usual, maintains the title of the Committee. Research is progressing toward new dimensions of knowledge on the primary human mind and on the understanding of beliefs and feelings of early man. The immense available raw material is made of the archaeological finds and of oral traditions : the art and its contents, burial grounds, sanctuaries and other social or holy places, traces of gathering and of assembling, records of migrations and journeys, images and tales of mythological beings, records of real or imaginary events, shaped the cultural heritage of clans and tribes. This patrimony is a remarkable source for history and culture.

Many questions may arise, some of them more general and obvious, others concerning specific problems or sites. Several queries emerge already from preliminary talks : What pushed humankind, generation after generation, in all five inhabited continents, to produce the enormous heritage of prehistoric art ? What made small communities to produce hundreds of thousand images on the rocks of a site ? What relations exist between art and religion ? What is art revealing on the cognitive processes in the mind of non-literate people ? What was the social and spiritual role of rock art sites ? How did man face the mysteries of nature ? What was his vision of this world and of the world of the dead ? The debate is indeed promising.

Our session should be stimulating, provocative, seriously engaged and also amusing, and it would be a pleasure to welcome you to share the experience.

Let us have your proposals for communication in the form of an abstract of 10 to 15 lines.

Looking forward to hearing from you,


Emmanuel Anati"