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This blog 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

  • The sociocultural world of Neanderthals & Denisovans & Homo Erectus;
  • The emergence of religious and symbolic thought;
  • 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 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.

I am Kevin, born and raised in rural Bavarian-Swabia, southern Germany.

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 fascination in researching academic and ethnographic data, fueled by questions such as:

  • if there existed a practice related to shamanism in Europe during the Stone Age, and if this practice continued into the Metal Ages or not.
  • if the theoretical framework for Eurasian shamanism could be used as a comparative model in order to understand, e.g. hunting rituals in a broader context (e.g. Evenk rituals such as “feeding the fire” after a hunt, their animal-ceremonialism concerning the reindeer and bear, and correlations between their dwellings, ritual sites, and archaeological excavations of the late upper paleolithic Hamburgian culture).
  • if ethnographically documented European witchcraft could be understood as a surviving substrate stemming from an animistic and pre-christian practice.
  • if the comparative method could identify, e.g. surviving animistic hunter-gatherer belief-systems in European myth, folklore and traditions such as the motif of the bear’s son, the motif of a world-tree or world pillar, among others.