ANTA01H3 Lecture Notes - Creation Myth, Catastrophism, Cultural Anthropology

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27 Feb 2011
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Ch 1: frameworks: people have tried to address the questions of where we come from with myths (a story, usually evok- ing the supernatural, to account for some aspect of the world). All cultures has its own myths explain- ing the creation of the earth, of planets and animals and of human beings. Creation myth explains the origin of the world, its inhabitants and it lays out the society"s worldview and belief system. The first layer once had a function, but now it is empty. The under- surface of the second layer is the visible sky. The fourth layer contains a sin- gle village inhabited by spirit people who sometimes travel up to earth to capture and eat the souls of children. The first beings - the yanomamo gods - originated along with the layers of the cosmos. Yano- mamo"s were created when one of the first beings, periboriwa came to earth to eat the souls of children.

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