Ritual Life Among The Hadza: The Dancing Dead And Animal Kindred Spirits

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Thea Skanes

Ritual Life Among The Hadza: The Dancing Dead And Animal Kindred Spirits

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 18:45

This talk is an introduction to the Hadza epeme dance, a community-wide healing ritual which can only be performed at night in total darkness, during the time of month when there is no moon in the sky.

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Chris Knight

Australian Aboriginal Myths Of The Origins Of Fire
Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 18:45
Daryll Forde Seminar Room, Anthropology Building, 14 Taviton Street, London WC1H 0BW. Tube: Euston Square. map

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.