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Sorcery And Spirit Owners On The Mosquito Coast, Nicaragua
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 18:45
This presentation explores the relationship between religion and economics in Miskitu-speaking villages in eastern Nicaragua. I show how, in these communities, the penetration of capitalist relations of production and exchange is resulting in greater economic inequality and growing concerns with sorcery and other forms of supernatural violence.
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Our evening talks include discussion, are free and open to all.
Next evening class
'The Wives of the Sun and Moon' is one of the key myths of Claude Levi-Strauss' monumental study, Mythologiques. This evening will begin with a story-telling followed by a workshop and class discussion to decode the message of the myth. Originally, according to the Arapaho Indians of North American Plains, marriage was not a fixed state but a periodic alternation between one kind of relationship and another, a once-a-month honeymoon followed each month by 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.