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Lewis-Williams, J. David

Overview
Works: 151 works in 473 publications in 2 languages and 8,594 library holdings
Genres: History  Folklore  Guidebooks  Academic theses 
Roles: Author, Contributor, Editor, Other
Classifications: N5310, 709.0113
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by J. David Lewis-Williams
The mind in the cave : consciousness and the origins of art by J. David Lewis-Williams( Book )

35 editions published between 2002 and 2016 in English and held by 1,126 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Offers an explanation for the origins of prehistoric cave art, providing a glimpse into the mind of mankind's earliest ancestors and insights on the relationship between consciousness and artistic representation
San rock art : a Jacana pocket guide by J. David Lewis-Williams( )

17 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 916 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An ancient tradition in today's South Africa -- Conflicting perspectives and traditions -- Keys to the past -- Threads of light -- The mind in the brain -- Capturing the rain -- Making an image
The shamans of prehistory : trance and magic in the painted caves by Jean Clottes( Book )

8 editions published between 1996 and 1998 in English and held by 739 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The universality of shamanistic power and practice among today's hunter-gatherers - along with the similarity of rock art found in varied sites around the world - has led Jean Clottes and David Lewis-Williams to suggest in this new book that the great art of paleolithic caves can be best understood through the lens of shamanism. Indeed, this is not a monograph on a particular site, but a general discussion of the art of painted caves and their shamanistic meaning. Through the authors' revealing words and the abundant full-color illustrations, we follow shamans into their trance states, and we watch as they carefully paint and engrave on rock surfaces the shapes of animals whose power they seek. As we learn how drawings and rituals were likely modes of shamanistic contact, we understand best the actions, accomplishments, and traces left behind by prehistoric shamans
Inside the Neolithic mind : consciousness, cosmos, and the realm of the gods by J. David Lewis-Williams( Book )

25 editions published between 2002 and 2018 in English and held by 722 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This brilliantly argued and elegantly written book examines the intricate web of belief, myth and society in the Neolithic period, continuing the story begun in the bestselling and critically acclaimed book 'The Mind in the Cave'
The rock art of southern Africa by J. David Lewis-Williams( Book )

10 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 503 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Deciphering ancient minds : the mystery of San Bushman rock art by J. David Lewis-Williams( Book )

10 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 371 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Goes to the heart of contemporary arguments about the "primitive" and the "modern" minds, and draws new social, anthropological, and ethnographic conclusions about the nature of ancient societies
A cosmos in stone : interpreting religion and society through rock art by J. David Lewis-Williams( Book )

11 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 365 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collected articles of the world's preeminent rock art researchers and cognitive archaeologists
San spirituality : roots, expression, and social consequences by J. David Lewis-Williams( Book )

11 editions published in 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 357 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At the intersection between western culture and Africa, we find the San people of the Kalahari desert. Once called Bushmen, the San have survived many characterizations-from pre-human animals by the early European colonials, to aboriginal conservationists in perfect harmony with nature by recent New Age adherents. Neither caricature does justice to the complex world view of the San. Eminent anthropologists David Lewis-Williams and David Pearce present a instead balanced view of the spiritual life of this much-studied people, examining the interplay of their cosmology, myth, ritual, and art
Conceiving God : the cognitive origin and evolution of religion by J. David Lewis-Williams( Book )

8 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 351 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book is a controversial exploration of the origin of religion in the neurology of the human brain. The author first describes how science developed within the cocoon of religion and then shows how the natural functioning of the human brain creates experiences that can lead to belief in a supernatural realm, beings, and interventions. Once people have these experiences, they formulate beliefs about them, and thus creeds are born. Forty thousand years ago, people were leaving traces in the archaeological record of activities that we can label religious, and the author discusses in detail the evidence preserved in the Volp Caves in France. He also shows that mental imagery produced by the functioning of the human brain can be detected in widely separated religious communities such as Hildegard of Bingen's in medieval Europe or the San hunters of southern Africa
Rock engravings of Southern Africa by Thomas A Dowson( Book )

5 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 339 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stories that float from afar : ancestral folklore of the San of Southern Africa( Book )

13 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 308 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Believing and seeing : symbolic meanings in southern San rock paintings by J. David Lewis-Williams( Book )

12 editions published between 1977 and 1981 in English and held by 287 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Myth and meaning : San-Bushman folklore in global context by J. David Lewis-Williams( )

12 editions published between 2015 and 2021 in English and held by 222 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

J.D. Lewis-Williams is professor emeritus at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He founded and was former director of the highly-regarded Rock Art Research Institute at Wits University. He is internationally known for his ground-breaking work on the art and beliefs of the southern African San, the Upper Palaeolithic art and Neolithic monuments of western Europe, ancient shamanism, and the neuropsychology of religious experiences. Author of over 120 articles and nineteen books on these topics, he has been honored by the American Historical Association, the Societ
Image makers : the social context of a hunter-gatherer ritual by J. David Lewis-Williams( )

12 editions published between 2019 and 2020 in English and Undetermined and held by 183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"While this approach has implications for rock imagery worldwide by virtue of the principles it uncovers, I illustrate the social role of imagery in a hunter-gatherer context by means of the southern African San, more popularly though contentiously still known as 'Bushmen'. A major advantage of this exemplar is that researchers have recourse to a remarkable archive of nineteenth-century verbatim southern San ethnography in the original, though now extinct, Xam San language. In addition, there is the considerable amount of related material garnered from the better known twentieth- and twenty-first-century Kalahari San. It is therefore possible to go further in southern Africa than in some other parts of the world where relevant ethnography is minimal, absent or of dubious relevance and to elucidate the underlying social and cognitive framework of San imagery. Certainly, I do not say that researchers should argue by simple analogy from San to other rock arts. Each rock art is worthy of its own study; no one explanation can cover all rock arts. Rather, the San example opens up lines of enquiry that may be followed up in those different contexts. Researchers may find points of similarity and, at the same time, difference; it is principles, rather than specifics, that matter. In short, the southern African evidence points to the multi-stage process of San image-making being embedded in, and contributing to the maintenance of, definable social distinctions and networks"--
Images of power : understanding Bushman rock art by J. David Lewis-Williams( Book )

16 editions published between 1989 and 2000 in English and held by 168 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discovering Southern African rock art by J. David Lewis-Williams( Book )

12 editions published between 1990 and 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A book on the ancient rock art of the San -- the story behind the research. Ways of discovering rock art. The aesthetic approach. The narrative approach. Rediscovering the San. The interpretative approach: San beliefs. The interpretative approach: pictures in the brain. Ducks and rabbits. Battling it out. Many meanings. The broken string. Fragile heritage
Contested images : diversity in Southern African rock art research( Book )

6 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 136 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Les chamanes de la préhistoire transe et magie dans les grottes ornées by Jean Clottes( Book )

14 editions published between 1996 and 2001 in French and held by 125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Une interprétation de l'art des cavernes paléolithiques en fonction du chamanisme. Dans le monde souterrain de l'au-delà, les chamanes discernaient les contours des animaux-esprits en relief. Il les rencontraient au cours de leur voyage spirituel. Ils entraient en contact avec eux par leurs dessins et leurs rites. Par deux experts de l'art rupestre
New approaches to southern African rock art( Book )

6 editions published between 1979 and 1983 in English and held by 95 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rock paintings of the Natal Drakensberg by J. David Lewis-Williams( Book )

2 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 75 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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The mind in the cave : consciousness and the origins of art
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San rock art : a Jacana pocket guideThe shamans of prehistory : trance and magic in the painted cavesInside the Neolithic mind : consciousness, cosmos, and the realm of the godsDeciphering ancient minds : the mystery of San Bushman rock artA cosmos in stone : interpreting religion and society through rock artSan spirituality : roots, expression, and social consequencesConceiving God : the cognitive origin and evolution of religionStories that float from afar : ancestral folklore of the San of Southern Africa
Alternative Names
David Lewis-Williams antropoloog uit Zuid-Afrika

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Languages
English (233)

French (14)