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The grammar of world mythology. Part 2. Jack-and-the-Beanstalk

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In this talk, Chris Knight will continue with his explorations of hunter-gatherer mythology. The French structural anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss believed that all the world’s magical myths are ultimately ‘One Myth Only’ – so many variations on a theme. Although Lévi-Strauss confined his studies to the Americas, it will be shown that his key myth – about a bird-nester – is told in Aboriginal Australia and also appears in England as the classic fairy tale of ‘Jack-and-the-Beanstalk’. It will be suggested that lunar periodicity is the ‘grammar’ of this world-wide myth in all its variations. Chris will show how one variant is perhaps the best-known mythic narrative in all anthropology – the story of Two Sisters who menstruated together and were swallowed by the Rainbow Snake.

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