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The power of trance, deep meditation, and biofeedback to affect unconscious body reactions in trained individuals is well established. So it might well be possible to achieve the same result as Robinson et al. by non-physical means. As such their study might contribute to understanding Shamanic voyaging.
There seems to be a general consensus that belief in an afterlife and ancestor veneration precedes belief in gods. So far everything I saw was high on conjecture but low on actual confirmatory fact. Peoples et al. go some way to filling this lacuna. The main question, do people expect an afterlife for themselves and how do they imagine it, remains as unanswered as ever.
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