publication . Article . 2021

The Reality of Casas Grandes Potters: Realistic Portraits of Spirits and Shamans

Christine S. VanPool; Todd L. VanPool;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Apr 2021 Journal: Religions, volume 12, issue 315 (issn: 2077-1444, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: MDPI AG
Abstract
<jats:p>Most Native American groups believed in a form of animism in which spirit essence(s) infused forces of nature (e.g., the wind and thunder), many living plants and creatures, and many inanimate objects. This animism created other-than-human persons in which spirits were fused with matter that allowed them to interact with and even influence humans. Art in Western culture tends to denote “imagination”, and many scholars studying Native American art bring a similar perspective to their analyses. However, many Native Americans do not equate art with imagination in the same way, but instead use art to realistically portray these other-than-human persons, even...
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free text keywords: archaeology, animism, shamanism, ontology, Casas Grandes, horned-plumed serpent, Religions. Mythology. Rationalism, BL1-2790
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