ENEMY FROM WITHIN AND HIS REPUTATION: INVESTIGATION OF WITCHCRAFT AND GOSSIP IN ANTHROPOLOGY (Nepriatel zvnutra a jeho povest: skumanie bosoractva a klebiet v antropologii)
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The paper deals with investigation of witchcraft and gossip in anthropology. These two phenomena are interconnected and they have been examined by scholars since the early period of anthropological research. Anthropologists didn't deny that both witchcraft and gossip have psychological dimension, but it was not easy to deal with them theoretically. After presentation of the key points of anthropological investigation of witchcraft and gossip the authoress introduces the current perspective of evolutionary psychology. This psychology integrates principles and results which are drawn from evolutionary biology, cognitive science, anthropology, and neuroscience.
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