paleolithic shamanism?

Dean Edwards (
Wed, 12 Apr 1995 19:16:16 GMT

A question has been raised in soc.religion.shamanism about
what archeological evidence esists to support the view that
shamanism was practiced in paleolithic times.

Any comments? What sites are usually cited and why are these
interpreted as evidence of stone age shamanic practices? Do cave paintings
and signs of bear sacrifice (eucharist-type) cerimonies indicate
shamanic practices? If so, why?

Dean Edwards