A Plains Indian Myth: The Wives Of The Sun And Moon

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Chris Knight

A Plains Indian Myth: The Wives Of The Sun And Moon

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 18:45

'The Wives of the Sun and Moon' is one of the key myths of Claude Levi-Strauss' monumental study, Mythologiques. This evening will take the form of a story-telling followed by a workshop and class discussion to decode the message of the myth. Originally, according to this story, marriage was not a fixed state but a periodic alternation between one kind of relationship and another, a once-a-month honeymoon followed by temporary divorce and re-union with kin. Everything started going badly wrong when hunting and gathering gave way to gardening, the lunar calendar gave way to a seasonal/solar rhythm -- and womankind became subject to wedlock as a permanent state.

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Jerome Lewis

‘Woman's Biggest Husband Is The Moon’
Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 18:45
Daryll Forde Seminar Room, Anthropology Building, 14 Taviton Street, London WC1H 0BW. Tube: Euston Square. map

Jerome has many years experience in the field, working with the Bayaka hunter-gatherers in the Congo Basin in Central Africa. This is a ground-breaking study of the central importance to women of the link between their bodies and the Moon. Bayaka men are made aware that even though, as husbands, they may have some sexual expectations, the Moon's own demands come first! Women's solidarity is fundamental to the unusually egalitarian dynamics of Bayaka society.