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Reconstructing The World's First Cosmology
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 18:45
A specialist in African hunter gatherer myths and rituals uses ground-breaking methods to reconstruct the very earliest of all human systems of ritual and belief.
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Across Australia, Aboriginal myths say that during the Dreamtime, women held fire in their vaginas, hiding their firesticks whenever a man approached. The myths go on to say that one day, a male hero stole fire from women 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.