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On Vision And Being Human. Exploring The Menstrual, Neurological And Symbolic Origins Of Religious Experience
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 18:45
Inspired by Chris Knight's and Camilla Power's theory of human cultural and symbolic origins, Bruce Rimell will offer a dramatic presentation of these ideas in an artistic language of colour and visual form.
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Ethnographers of Congo Basin hunter-gatherers have emphasised ritual as a levelling mechanism that sustains egalitarianism by strengthening community spirit and mediating power evenly between individuals and subgroups. My talk will discuss how both mythology and ritual are involved in mutual causal interactions with other factors of social life that mark the emergence of inequality among a small community of Baka former hunter-gatherers. An emerging ideology of male predominance in mythology mirrors the same phenomenon in ritual, kinship practices and household economics. I argue that this preoccupation with patriarchal concerns in mythology is one of several strands of evidence pointing to the centrality of gender politics in the emergence of inequality among the Baka.