Myth, Marriage And The Neccessary Domestication Of The Dangerous 'other'

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Mark Jamieson

Myth, Marriage And The Neccessary Domestication Of The Dangerous 'other'

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 18:45

Mark Jamieson will analyse a set of myths from three Amerindian groups, the Miskitu of Nicaragua, the Kuna of Panama and the Tatuyo of Colombia. In their different ways, the stories address what many in Lowland South and Central America consider to be the most fundamental existential issue, the need to domesticate through marriage those imagined and represented as dangerous 'others'.

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Chris Knight

A Christmas Fairy Tale: The Shoes That Were Danced To Pieces
Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - 18:45
Daryll Forde Seminar Room, Anthropology Building, 14 Taviton Street, London WC1H 0BW. Tube: Euston Square. map

This delightful fairy tale from the Brothers Grimm has become a RAG tradition, told every year on the last day of the autumn term, just before Christmas. It tells of twelve princesses and their periodic trips to the underworld, the narrator treating patriarchal marriage as a cruel punishment imposed on a coalition of sisters who had previously been free to dance the nights away. This magical tale introduces us to universal mythological themes which will be explored more fully in the Spring Term. Chris Knight will show how all such tales make sense in the light of the theory that human sexual morality was initially established by women.