‘Woman's Biggest Husband Is The Moon'. An Example Of Women's Solidarity And Power In A Hunter-Gatherer Society.

Evening talk

Jerome Lewis

‘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

Archaeology Lecture Theatre, entrance via the Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Sq., London WC1H 0BW. Tube: Euston Square. map

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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