J.D. Lewis-Williams, among the well-understood South African archaeologists and ethnographers, excavates suggesting from the complex mythological stories of the San-Bushmen to make a bigger theory of how myth is utilized in culture. He extracts their “nuggets,” the far-reaching however seldom unmentioned words and principles of language and understanding that are nontransparent to outsiders, to construct a more nuanced theory of the function of these misconceptions in the idea-world and social situations of the San. Myth and Meaning: San-Bushman Folklore in Global Context, (PDF) draws from the extraordinary 19th century Bleek/Lloyd archives, more present ethnographic work, and San rock art;-consists of well-understood San stories such as The Broken String, Mantis Dreams, and Creation of the Eland;-theorizes from our understanding of San folklore into a bigger design of how individuals develop suggesting from myth.
“J.D. Lewis-Williams collects encyclopaedic understanding of taped /Xam San significance so readers can journey to a detailed understanding of the /Xam world. This ebook supplies a programmatic start to a brand-new period in San research studies–one where readers can drift easily above the routine of “…theoretical”… issues towards gentle sharing and discovery.” — Megan Biesele, Director, Kalahari Peoples Fund
“David Lewis-Williams changed rock art research study worldwide with his ethnographically-based analyses of southern San (Bushmen) rock paintings. His most current ebook, on San folklore and belief, guarantees to have the exact same impact on research studies of myth and folklore. By determining and discussing the symbolic secrets (“nuggets” as he calls them) to the San mythological corpus, he divulges for the very first time its abundant texture and reasoning, thus putting it in its rightful position as one of the world’s fantastic cognitive accomplishments.” — David S. Whitley
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