Servus and Welcome!
I am Kevin Schuster, born and raised in Bavarian-Swabia, southern Germany and 28 years old. I am married, a father and autodidact. The Alpine Lachsner is my research project that I established in 2018.
The Alpine Lachsner serves as my personal outlet while researching anthropological, archaeological and interdisciplinary data related to pre-christian Eurasia.
My main field of research is focused on:
- Traditional hunter-gatherer cosmologies.
- The evolution and anthropology of shamanism (including its pre-shamanic stages in animistic practice and hunting-animal-ceremonialism).
- European and Siberian (Mansi, Khanty, Ket, Evenki, etc.) ethnographies and prehistory.
- Paleolithic myth and cosmology connected to the motif of “the cosmic hunt” in all its variations and the concept of “Paleolithic Proto-Mythology”.
- The practice of circumpolar bear ceremonialism, as well as recovering a possible hunter-gatherer substrate in European Ethnography.
I am also interested in new ideas concerning all models on the origins of the Indo-European sociocultural framework, including the Paleolithic Continuity Theory & The Paleolithic Continuity Refugium Theory, placing emphasis on a WHG substrate.
I consider the narratives of the Proto-Indo-European “Urheimat” as most challenging and in need of solving. The belief-world, folklore and human-animal interfaces of ethnographically documented hunter-gatherer and pastoralist communities I consider to be highly interesting. The question if there is a possibility to recover such beliefs in European folklore, traditions and customs, is both a passion and fascination to me.
Since my childhood, I have fond memories of the many traditions that take place nearby the Alps, e.g. the Klausentreiben tradition. Locals call that time “the Rauhnächte”. I grew up with many local folktales, traditions and customs on the rural countryside and it is due to these traditions and the tales that I have, over the course of many years, developed a strong interest in researching academic publications, particularly comparative mythology and other ethnographic data.
Besides my work for The Alpine Lachsner, my wife and I run a business. I enjoy the outdoors, from hiking to berry picking and gardening.