An Amazonian Myth: What Went Wrong When Patriarchy Arrived

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Chris Knight

An Amazonian Myth: What Went Wrong When Patriarchy Arrived

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 18:45

Chris Knight continues his exploration of key myths from the French anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss’ four-volume masterpiece, 'An Introduction to the Science of Mythology' (‘Mythologiques.’) Tonight's narrative, ‘The Hunter Monmaneki and his Wives’ (Tukuna tribe, Amazonia), tells of a profound shift from periodic to non-periodic marriage, resulting in contradictions for womankind which eventually tear her apart. If you want to understand the ultimate origins of patriarchal marriage and the family, come along.

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Thea Skaanes

Cancelled Owing To Corona Virus
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 18:45
Daryll Forde Seminar Room, Anthropology Building, 14 Taviton St, off Gordon Sq., London WC1H 0BW. Tube: Euston Square. map

In this presentation, Thea Skaanes tells a material story about Hadza religion and ritual generation of time. The Hadza have been used in academia as a relevant case-study for researching our common past, that is, the very human design. In such descriptions, the Hadza have been described as one of the least religious societies known, with a minimum of spiritual or symbolic practices. Along with others, such as Camilla Power, Skaanes argues that this assumption needs to be revised. During the evening, we will hear about material objects, rites of passage, men and women, spiritual transfers and how these are all anchored materially in the woman herself, in kinship and in the very generation of time.