An Anthropological Understanding of Myth
CSUS anthropologist, Dr. Joyce Bishop, will speak about one manner in which social-cultural anthropologists and anthropological folklorists make sense of myth. Oral narratives, such as myths, legends, and tales, are valuable cultural creations which allow us to understand that which is most important to the members of a society. Although scholarly theories have changed, sacred narrative, in particular, continues to provide a window into the worldview of social groups. Using a small number of examples from a variety of unrelated cultures, she will examine the relative nature of symbolism and the manner in which myths, even when no longer believed literally nor related orally, reflect and perpetuate specific, long-held, cultural values. Additionally, speaking of her own research in a Purepecha (Tarascan) town in Michoacan, Mexico, she will address how conquered peoples use religions imposed upon them in ways which allow them to maintain local identity and cultural integrity.
Dr. Bishop holds a Bachelor's degree in Spanish from the University of Denver and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from U.C., Berkeley. An avid student of Latin America, she has lived and worked for lengthy periods in Bogota, Colombia, Mexico City, and various cities and towns of Michoacan. A member of Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Sigma Iota (national Romance language honorary society), she is active in the American Folklore Society, The Western States Folklore Society, the Society of the Anthropological Study of Religion, and the American Anthropological Association. She is a member of the anthropology faculty at CSUS, where she teaches cultural and linguistic anthropology, as well as courses on contemporary Mexico and Latin America.
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
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Please allow 90 minutes for this meeting,
including 30 minutes for discussion.
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