Myth and Meaning: San-Bushman Folklore in Global Context – eBook


  • Author: J. D. Lewis-Williams
  • File Size: 6 MB
  • Format: PDF
  • Length: 257 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Publication Date: July 1, 2016
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01HTW1B8Q
  • ISBN-10: 1629581550
  • ISBN-13: 9781629581552


J.D. Lewis-Williams, one of the well-known South African archaeologists and ethnographers, excavates meaning from the complex mythological stories of the San-Bushmen to make a larger theory of how myth is used in culture. He extracts their “nuggets,” the far-reaching but rarely unspoken words and concepts of language and understanding that are opaque to outsiders, to build a more nuanced theory of the role of these myths in the thought-world and social circumstances of the San. Myth and Meaning: San-Bushman Folklore in Global Context, (PDF) draws from the exceptional 19th century Bleek/Lloyd archives, more current ethnographic work, and San rock art;-includes well-known San stories such as The Broken String, Mantis Dreams, and Creation of the Eland;-extrapolates from our understanding of San mythology into a larger model of how people create meaning from myth.