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Dreaming phenomena and palaeoart

Before Farming (2007), 2007, (4), 1–14.

Abstract

Dreaming phenomena provide an important means of inquiry into several aspects of palaeoart. This article proposes that dreaming phenomena provide a rationale and basis for the selection of certain images for depiction by cognitively modern humans in the past in contexts devoid of ethnographic insight. The relationship between dreaming phenomena and palaeoart is explored, including the significance of transitional states between sleep and wakefulness, pseudohallucinations and subliminal imagery.

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