Ep 103 – Shakespeare in the Bush

Written by on September 4, 2014

Glenn shares his favorite essay and teases an upcoming 2-part episode. “Shakespeare in the Bush” was written by Anthropologist Laura Bohannan in 1966 about the time she set out to study the Tiv of West Africa and was taught the true meaning of Hamlet.
Text of the essay can be found here:
Shakespeare in the Bush

      • Brandon   On   September 5, 2014 at 6:29 pm

        No way. Indiana Jones was an Archaeologist right? (often have Raider’s theme earworm in my head – “You crummy Dr. Jones!!!”)
        My disaffection sent me searching. Listening to Michael Coe, Daymon Smith (MormonStories podcasts) and other anthropologists introduced me to some “world expanding” ideas. I’m being introduced to new ideas, a-theism, other world-views and cultures via anthropology. My question “how come I never knew …” is more “WOW, I was so small-minded before…” I knew anthropology existed but wasn’t really familiar with what it was or the effect it could have on your view of the world and of human interactions/cultures. Quite profound.
        Closest thing to the reaction I’m having is when I spent mish in Argentina and realized “the world really IS bigger than hometown USA”. Even though I knew it was there it never really hit me as “real” until *I* was there to experience it.
        Maybe another similarity is Jake’s realization and analogy that LDS view is very adolescent (here are rules, you don’t need to figure anything out, we’ve done that for you). Pretty eye-opening – empowering, sobering, … yeah, profound.
        Look forward to the upcoming podcast.

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