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Department of the Study of Religions

Jordan Lectures 2014 – A Glimpse of the Future: Exploring, Comparing and Saving Some Neglected Mythologies

Michael Witzel (Harvard University)

Date: 16 May 2014Time: 2:00 PM

Finishes: 16 May 2014Time: 3:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College BuildingsRoom: KLT

Type of Event: 0

Series: Jordan Lectures In Comparative Religion

At the present stage of myth studies, there is an urgent need to compare some neglected mythologies, such as those of the Basque-Caucasus-Pamir region that can tell us more about early stages of mythology as practiced by those who moved into Europe around 40 thousand years ago.  Further, we need to study the early substrates in populations such as the Pygmies, early India, or South East Asia or those "empty spaces" that have been overlaid by the Christian and Muslim religions. Finally, there is the urgent need to record and "save" some endangered mythologies, in collaboration with linguistic fieldwork in endangered languages.

Organiser: Dr Peter Flügel

Contact email: pf8@soas.ac.uk