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Friday, May 16, 2014

Creation myths and oral folklore

Mental Health
There is a certain tribe of indigenous hunter-gatherers who, having only very recently welcomed an ethnographic anthropologist into their midst, present an unusual cosmology when compared to pretty much every other tribe of indigenous hunter-gatherers ever pestered by ethnographers, anthropologists, or even the occasional curious amateur.
This cosmology is best illustrated by their answer to the anthropologist's fumbling questions about whether they had any, like, stories or legends about where the world and people came from.
 When approached with this line of questioning, every member of the tribe, from the most wizened, withered elder to the toddlers still using baby-talk, replied in the same way. With narrowed eyes and sidelong glances, they all asked,
"Who wants to know?" or "Why do you ask?"
And on a completely unrelated note:

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