The story of the Bird-nester: an introduction to the science of mythology




On Tues Jan 16, 6;30pm London time, Chris Knight will introduce Claude Levi-Strauss’s great contribution to the Science of Mythology. He’s speaking LIVE in the Daryll Forde Seminar Room, 2nd Floor, UCL Anthropology Dept. You can join us on ZOOM (ID 384 186 2174 Passcode Wawilak)

Chris writes: According to Claude Lévi-Strauss, all the world’s magical narratives are variations on a theme, ultimately a single myth. In this talk, we will explore Lévi-Strauss key myth, a Bororo narrative concerning a ‘bird-nester’, examining its variants and asking whether the investigation of myths can be a genuine science.

Image is an engraving of a Bororo funeral ritual by Friedrich Wilhelm Kuhnert