Ancestors, Territoriality, and Gods

A Natural History of Religion

  • Ina Wunn
  • Davina Grojnowski

Part of the The Frontiers Collection book series (FRONTCOLL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Ina Wunn, Davina Grojnowski
    Pages 1-19
  3. Ina Wunn, Davina Grojnowski
    Pages 21-35
  4. Ina Wunn, Davina Grojnowski
    Pages 73-86
  5. Ina Wunn, Davina Grojnowski
    Pages 153-172
  6. Ina Wunn, Davina Grojnowski
    Pages 173-195
  7. Ina Wunn, Davina Grojnowski
    Pages 197-218
  8. Ina Wunn, Davina Grojnowski
    Pages 219-233
  9. Ina Wunn, Davina Grojnowski
    Pages 235-256
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 257-290

About this book


This books sets out to explain how and why religion came into being. Today this question is as fascinating as ever, especially since religion has moved to the centre of socio-political relationships. In contrast to the current, but incomplete approaches from disciplines such as cognitive science and psychology, the present authors adopt a new approach, equally manifest and constructive, that explains the origins of religion based strictly on behavioural biology. They employ accepted research results that remove all need for speculation. Decisive factors for the earliest demonstrations of religion are thus territorial behaviour and ranking, coping with existential fears, and conflict solution with the help of rituals. These in turn, in a process of cultural evolution, are shown to be the roots of the historical and contemporary religions.


Art of the Paleolithic Biology of religious behavior Meaning of cave art Origin of religion(s) Paleolithic religion Religious evolution

Authors and affiliations

  • Ina Wunn
    • 1
  • Davina Grojnowski
    • 2
  1. 1.Philosophische FakultätLeibniz Universität HannoverHannoverGermany
  2. 2.Department of TheologyKing's CollegeLondonUnited Kingdom

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