I'm studying anthropology just out of curiosity and my knowledge on this field is really limited. I am interested in the state of ecstasy and its effects in primitive psychology.

What evidence do we have of rituals that at some point got to an ecstatic state? What was the significance of this state to these cultures?

P.S. Please go easy on me, it's my first post here. Edits are welcome.

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    Welcome to History:SE! Please take the tour. As currently phrased your question is off-topic as it appears to be asking about something not really framed as about history, and a broad request for reference material, and will likely be closed. However, if you are able to rephrase it with the help of How to Ask it might be salvageable. – LаngLаngС Jun 22 '18 at 23:02
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    I've edited this rather heavily in an attempt to bring it on topic; if someone can answer it, they will most likely provide some of the sources you need. It may prove too broad, though (I'm no expert here). Feel free to rollback if my edit doesn't meet your needs but please note that requests for sources are off-topic on this site. – Lars Bosteen Jun 23 '18 at 5:08
  • It doesn't answer your question exactly but you will likely find this lecture on the biological (and psychological) underpinnings of religion interesting: youtube.com/watch?v=4WwAQqWUkpI – Denis de Bernardy Jun 23 '18 at 6:10
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    Soma in the Vedas seem to point in that direction. – Mozibur Ullah Jun 23 '18 at 6:50
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    I think you first need to define what you mean by "an ecstatic state", Beyond that, I would suggest that people living in "primitive" cultures are not genetically different from the rest of us. – jamesqf Jun 24 '18 at 4:17

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