Australian Aboriginal Myths Of The Origins Of Fire

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Chris Knight

Australian Aboriginal Myths Of The Origins Of Fire

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 18:45

Across Australia, Aboriginal myths say that during the Dreamtime, women secreted fire in their vulvas, hiding their firesticks whenever a man approached. The myths go on to say that one day, a male hero stole fire from a woman and handed it over to men. In this workshop, a number of different versions of the myth will be analyzed using the techniques developed by the founder of structural anthropology, Claude Levi-Strauss. We will explore whether such myths help us to reconstruct changes in gender relations across Australia in the distant past.

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Martin Holbraad

How Revolutions Create Worlds: An Anthropologist Reflects On The Cuban Revolution
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Daryll Forde Seminar Room, Anthropology Building, 14 Taviton Street, London WC1H 0BW. Tube: Euston Square. map

Martin Holbraad's main field research is in Cuba, where he focuses on Afro-Cuban religions and revolutionary politics. Having completed in 2002 his doctoral thesis on the role of oracles and money within the diviner cult of IfĂ  in socialist Cuba, his research since has focused on such topics as the relationship between myth and action, the consecration of objects, and, more broadly, the relationship between cosmology, politics and other forms of social invention.