Tracing The Palaeolithic Origins Of World Mythology

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Julien d'Huy

Tracing The Palaeolithic Origins Of World Mythology

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 18:45

The classic ‘Cosmic Hunt’ myth tells of how an animal is traced by hunters into the forest, where it escapes by becoming one of the constellations in the sky. Starting with this story, Julien d’Huy uses computer models and phylogenetic analysis to track the movement of mythic tales across cultures and continents. The ‘Cosmic Hunt’, together with tales of dragons and serpents, all show evidence of the migratory patterns of humanity dating back thousands of years.

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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.