J.D. Lewis-Williams, one of many nicely-identified South African archaeologists and ethnographers, excavates which means from the complicated mythological tales of the San-Bushmen to make a bigger principle of how fable is used in tradition. He extracts their “nuggets,” the far-reaching however not often unstated phrases and ideas of language and understanding which might be opaque to outsiders, to construct a extra nuanced principle of the function of those myths in the thought-world and social circumstances of the San. Myth and Meaning: San-Bushman Folklore in Global Context, (PDF) attracts from the distinctive 19th century Bleek/Lloyd archives, extra present ethnographic work, and San rock artwork;-includes nicely-identified San tales corresponding to The Broken String, Mantis Dreams, and Creation of the Eland;-extrapolates from our understanding of San mythology into a bigger mannequin of how individuals create which means from fable.
“J.D. Lewis-Williams gathers encyclopaedic information of recorded /Xam San symbolism so readers can journey to a complete understanding of the /Xam world. This e book gives a programmatic begin to a brand new period in San studies–one the place readers can float freely above the tedium of “…theoretical”… considerations towards humane sharing and discovery.” — Megan Biesele, Director, Kalahari Peoples Fund
“David Lewis-Williams reworked rock artwork analysis worldwide together with his ethnographically-based mostly interpretations of southern San (Bushmen) rock work. His newest e book, on San mythology and perception, guarantees to have the identical affect on research of fable and folklore. By figuring out and explaining the symbolic keys (“nuggets” as he calls them) to the San mythological corpus, he discloses for the primary time its wealthy texture and logic, thereby inserting it in its rightful place as one of many world’s nice cognitive achievements.” — David S. Whitley
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