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‘Woman's Biggest Husband Is The Moon'. An Example Of Women's Solidarity And Power In A Hunter-Gatherer Society.
Tuesday, November 5, 2019 - 18:45
Jerome Lewis has many years experience in the field, working with the Mbendjele hunter-gatherers in the Congo Basin in Central Africa. In this talk, he will discuss the symbolic significance of the Moon to women in this society. A Mbendjele husband is made aware that even though he may expect attention from his wife, the Moon's monthly demands on a woman come first. Women's singing, dancing and ritual solidarity is fundamental to the unusually egalitarian dynamics of Mbendjele society.
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