Re: On oral traditions and muddied waters

Gary Goodman (sap@TANK.RGS.UKY.EDU)
Sun, 19 May 1996 20:18:26 EDT


MS>I still think MY point is being missed. I'm not out to traduce the Inuit
MS>after all. I was trying to show that a three century old folk memory is
MS>not IMMEDIATELY clear to non-acculturated observers. From which it
MS>follows that millenia old legends and myths created by long vanished
MS>cultures are very likely going to be totally undecipherable in the modern

MS>Which is a pity. I'm interested in ancient things after all. I'd love
MS>to be able to say "here's a clue as to how the Sumerian villages which
MS>became city states triumphed over their neighbors" or "this helps us
MS>understand the economic status of early artisans and craftsmen." And
MS>maybe we can get some useful ideas from myths and folklore which were
MS>contemporaneous with this those events. But I still think there are
MS>limits on what we can achieve in looking into the very distant, pre-literate
MS>past through mythology.

You are correct. I WAS missing your point. My apologies.

MS>Anyhow, the disussion has been posted. Shall we sit back for a while and
MS>see what emerges from the lists?

With baited breath...

Gary D. Goodman

Pentad Communications
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"....Symbolic language is the only universal language the human race
has known. It is the language used in myths five thousand years old
and in the dreams of our contemporaries...."
--Erich Fromm, Psychoanalysis and Religion, 1950, pg. 110