Mortal Rituals : What the Story of the Andes Survivors Tells Us About Human Evolution. (eBook, 2013) [WorldCat.org]
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Mortal Rituals : What the Story of the Andes Survivors Tells Us About Human Evolution.

Author: Matt.
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, [2013], ©2013.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English
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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 best-selling books, fuelled partly by the fact that the young men had resorted to cannibalism to survive. This book examines this story from an evolutionary  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Matt.
ISBN: 0231165005 9780231165006 0231535465 9780231535465 9781306312929 1306312922
OCLC Number: 870517723
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 232 pages) : illustrations, 1 map
Contents: Frontmatter --
Contents --
Preface --
Introduction: The Crash of Flight UAF 571 --
1. Natural Versus Civilized --
2. The Evolution of Taboo --
3. This Cold and Capricious Place --
4. Mountain Rituals --
5. Rituals of Love --
6. Ritual Defeats the Mountain --
7. God of the Mountain --
Notes --
References --
Index
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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 best-selling books, fuelled partly by the fact that the young men had resorted to cannibalism to survive. This book examines this story from an evolutionary perspective, weaving together findings and ideas from anthropology, psychology, religion, and cognitive science.

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Matt J. Rossano's attempt to parallel Nando Parrado and Roberto Canessa's incredible venture with the evolution of the human capacity to survive works very well. As he so aptly puts it, his narrative Read more...

 
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