The Resource Mortal rituals : what the story of the Andes survivors tells us about human evolution, Matt J. Rossano, (ebook)

Mortal rituals : what the story of the Andes survivors tells us about human evolution, Matt J. Rossano, (ebook)

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Mortal rituals : what the story of the Andes survivors tells us about human evolution
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Mortal rituals
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what the story of the Andes survivors tells us about human evolution
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Matt J. Rossano
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eng
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On December 21, 1972, sixteen young survivors of Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 were rescued after spending ten weeks stranded at the crash site of their plane, high in the remote Andes Mountains. The incident made international headlines and spawned several bestselling books, fueled partially by the fact that the young men had resorted to cannibalism to survive. Matt Rossano examines this story from an evolutionary perspective, weaving together findings and ideas from anthropology, psychology, religion, and cognitive science. He ties their story to our story, seeing in the mortal rituals of this ten-week struggle a reflection of the very essence of what it means to be human. During their ordeal, the Andes' survivors (re)created a primitive yet complex social system embodying the efficiency and flexibility necessary to meet the challenges of a harsh environment. They broke "civilized" taboos to fend off starvation and abandoned "civilized" modes of thinking to maintain social unity and personal sanity. These young men established daily routines and rituals that perpetuated their survival while sustaining their morale. Finally, through the power of ritual, they accessed the mind's ability to endure severe emotional and physical hardship. All of these essential strategies have deep evolutionary histories. They are what our ancestors did for millennia upon millennia in their struggle to survive
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Rossano, Matthew J
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155.7
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non fiction
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  • Evolutionary psychology
  • Behavior evolution
  • Taboo
  • Airplane crash survival
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adult
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Mortal rituals : what the story of the Andes survivors tells us about human evolution, Matt J. Rossano, (ebook)
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9780231535465
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MWT11865170
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Mortal rituals : what the story of the Andes survivors tells us about human evolution, Matt J. Rossano, (ebook)
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Publication
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multicolored
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unknown
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1 online resource
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  • online
  • electronic
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Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9780231535465
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Publisher number
MWT11865170
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
11865170
System control number
MWT11865170
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Mode of access: World Wide Web

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