Wandering God: A Study in Nomadic SpiritualityPaperback
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- Publisher: State University of New York Press
- Format: Paperback | 364 pages
- Dimensions: 155mm x 228mm x 23mm | 508g
- Publication date: 17 February 2000
- Publication City/Country: Albany, NY
- ISBN 10: 0791444422
- ISBN 13: 9780791444429
- Edition statement: New.
- Illustrations note: 19 b&w figures
- Sales rank: 462,707
The third book in Morris Berman's much acclaimed trilogy on the evolution of human consciousness, Wandering God continues his earlier work which garnered such praise as "solid lessons in the history of ideas" (Kirkus Reviews), "filled with piquant details" (Common Boundary), "an informative synthesis and a remarkably friendly, good-natured jeremiad" (The Village Voice). Here, in a remarkable discussion of our hunter-gatherer ancestry and the "paradoxical" mode of perception that it involved, Berman shows how a sense of alertness, or secular/sacred immediacy, subsequently got buried by the rise of sedentary civilization, religion, and vertical power relationships.In an integrated tour de force, Wandering God explores the meaning of Paleolithic art, the origins of social inequality, the nature of cross-cultural child rearing, the relationship between women and agriculture, and the world view of present-day nomadic peoples, as well as the emergence of "paradoxical" consciousness in the philosophical writings of the twentieth century.
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