Scholar of religion Mircea Eliade observed that myths help similar customs and behaviors to develop in both religious and secularized societies.
Conflict is usually attributed to disputes over land and resources, inherent aggressive tendencies, or gender. Yet perhaps none of the above provide an adequate explanation.
Dreaming is not simply a biological activity that usually takes place during the night—it can play an important role in one’s waking life, too.
History suggests that, in order to kill, people must reject their natural reflexes—often by taking on an animalistic identity.
While some scholars suggest that war is an innate, biological phenomenon, others argue that it is rooted in social and cultural factors.
The archaeology of prehistoric burial sites suggests a number of interesting aspects to the belief in life after death.
In some of Australia and New Zealand’s Indigenous communities, shamans are able to successfully will death on others – as long as the target believes in such ‘spells’.
Philosopher and anthropologist of science Vinciane Despret talks about the phenomenon of death midwives, and how we can cultivate a different approach to grief.
From natural springs flow a sort of mysticism; a keen mixture of their purity and rumoured life-giving properties. Where do such tales come from?
Blood has long fascinated scientists keen on prolonging life and curing diseases. We explore the sanguine history of bloodletting and blood transfusions.