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A Russian anthropologist described shamanistic rites among the Tungus of northern Siberia as follows: "Rhythmic music and singing and later the dancing of the shaman gradually involve every participant," producing "deep satisfaction ... " 14 Since such ceremonies usually take place inside a tent, only a few can be present; but their collective response to rhythmic sound and muscular movement helps to bring on the shaman's trance and prepares the participants for reception of the messages he brings back from the spirit world.

Given what we know and surmise about human reactions to rhythmic movement and chimpanzees' apparent capacity for learning to dance, it would be interesting to see what the effect of dancing together might be on chimpanzee patterns of dominance and submission. Since chimpanzees share with us the parts of our nervous system that respond most immediately to rhythmic movement, it is probable that very similar emotions would arise, strengthening solidarity and dissipating the frictions that plainly do exist within the bands as now constituted.

And since numbers count so decisively in the border encounters that define each band's territory, it follows that a larger band with stronger cohesion among its members would have an enormous advantage in the ongoing competition for territory and breeding success. This, indeed, is exactly what I surmise did happen among our ancestors. By engaging in prolonged group display behavior and discovering the delight of keeping together in time HUMAN EVOLUTION ... 23 (perhaps helped by the beat of sticks against the ground or some more resounding surface), they could begin to feel, as the Swazi king said of his warriors in 1940, that "they are one and can praise each other.

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