An Australian Aboriginal Foundation Myth: The Two Wawilak Sisters

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Chris Knight

An Australian Aboriginal Foundation Myth: The Two Wawilak Sisters

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 18:45

Recorded in numerous versions, the story of the Two Wawilak Sisters is probably the best-known of all Aboriginal Australian myths. It explains the origins of the whole of Aboriginal culture, locating the source of magic and ritual in two young women's synchronized menstruation. Once this myth has been understood, it opens the door to the wonders of Aboriginal mythology as a whole. This evening's talk will be illustrated with many beautiful works of Aboriginal art.

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Daryll Forde Seminar Room, Anthropology Building, 14 Taviton Street, London WC1H 0BW. Tube: Euston Square. map

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