Answer to hermeneutics question? (fwd)

Bruce G. Conrad-Reingold (bgcr@DANA.UCC.NAU.EDU)
Sun, 4 Dec 1994 13:08:41 -0700

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Date: Sun, 04 Dec 1994 08:46:45 -0500
From: Michael Forstadt <forstadt@HUSC.HARVARD.EDU>
To: Multiple recipients of list ANTHRO-L <ANTHRO-L@UBVM.CC.BUFFALO.EDU>
Subject: Answer to hermeneutics question?

Did anyone hear the NPR story this morning on the psychic amateur
archaeologist who is supposedly "sought after by eminent anthropologists
worldwide"? I have never heard of the anthropologists mentioned in the
story. This guy walks around sites, picks up artifacts, lapses into a
trance, and "reads" the visions which occur to him. The psychic
"readings" sound like children's caveman stories:

|A family lives in a cave, speaking to each other in grunts, fighting
over raw bits of rabbit| (sample reading)

Is this hermeneutics? ;-) ;-p
Mike Forstadt

I heard it, too. I must admit, however, that that particular
"vision" was not nearly as intriguing as the one about the 20 or more men
who were disemboweled, with the end of each one's large intestine tied to
a tree or rock, and then thrown over a cliff to die from exposure. [Lovely]
But that's not all! Some time later the shaman returns to the scene and
listens to the rustling of the now dried entrails in the wind for
messeges from the spirit world... Wow!
No doubt NPR's mailbag will be filled with many responces from
archaeologists and Native Americans in the next few weeks.

Bruce G. Conrad-Reingold
Anthropology, Northern Arizona University