The Birth of the Gods and the Origins of Agriculture

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Cambridge University Press, 27‏/07‏/2000 - 259 من الصفحات
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This innovative study analyses the great cultural and economic changes occurring in the Near East between 10,000 and 7,000 BC as Palaeolithic societies of hunter-gatherers gave way to village communities of Neolithic food-producers. Challenging the orthodox, materialist interpretations, and drawing on French theories of mentalities, Jacques Cauvin argues that the Neolithic revolution must be understood as an intellectual transformation, revealing itself above all in symbolic activities. He describes the emergence of the first agricultural villages, pastoralism and nomadism, and the diffusion of Neolithic ideas and practice to the region's periphery.
 

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Introduction i
1
Natural environment and human cultures on the eve of the Neolithic
11
The Revolution in Symbols and the origins of Neolithic religion
22
the sociocultural context
34
strategies of subsistence
51
an assessment
62
THE BEGINNINGS OF NEOLITHIC DIFFUSION
73
Diffusion into the central and southern Levant
96
The problem of diffusion in the Neolithic
137
The completion of the neolithic process in theLevantine nucleus
143
The arrival of farmers on the Mediterranean littoral and in Cyprus
154
the eastern Jezirah and the Syrian
171
Pastoral nomadism
189
Hypotheses for the spread of the Neolithic
199
Conclusion
207
Notes
221

The evidence of symbolism in the southern Levant
105
The dynamics of a dominant culture
121

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