Anthropology, Sociology, Mythology, Nursery Rhymes, and What We Should Be Thinking Here
Far too often cultures clash because they do not understand the significant of the other. Interestingly enough, many cultural, religious, or spiritual realm norms of a past, present, or future society or civilization has deep meaning, and it is completely relevant. I’d like to send your mind on a quick journey and into a thought process of such topics, even if you are not one to care much for the subject.
You see, not long ago, I was talking with a gentleman in South Africa who specialized in Mythology, Fairy Tales, Dream Work, Personal Transformation Facilitation, Native American Teachings and Cultural Wisdom. Now you can imagine that most folks would look at this guy and say; “oh great, another nut case,” and if you did you’d have done what most might.
But, let’s talk about all this for a moment shall we? You see, Fairy Tales are interesting, and yes, Humpty Dumpty was pushed, and Indeed, I suppose there are underlining multiple themes running through Shakespeare’s plays too, as they were appealing to both sides, allowing us to laugh at ourselves in fiction without either side required to admit the realities. They make you think, had you ever considered that?
Can we use tales, allegories, stories, mythology, and analogy-like cultural quotes to teach our offspring? If you answered yes, you are correct and if you think about we do this every day in our culture, all cultures do. It doesn’t matter if you are quoting Confusions, Gandhi, Thomas Jefferson, Plato, Mohammed, or any cultures’ past notables; see that point?
Native Indians in the US are very interesting to study, have you studied the Aborigines of Australia, Islanders of the South Pacific, American Indians, Indians of the Americas too; if not you should go online and learn all you can, there is a lot of wisdom to be discovered, truly there is. What about the Eskimo, and other Northern American Indians, and the tribes of Africa as well? Yes, you will find more of the same, trust me, go research some of this online yourself.
My acquaintance [loosely used] was also a student of Jungian Psychology, well regarding the Jung psychological study of the subconscious mind, there might be undiscovered biological, scientific, or quantum mechanical explanations for some of that? For instance, do you have any thoughts on Rupert Sheldrake’s work with African Tribes knowing when the hunting parties had made a kill, even when it was 25-30 miles away, and they’d start up the BBQ pit in pre-preparation knowing this – that’s pretty amazing isn’t it?
This acquaintance was also into “BioDanza” which was a new term for me, but there is good information on this in WikiPedia online. Consider if you will large groups of people dancing in a circle holding hands, well, what else is going on during such a tribal like encounter with that group? Maybe more than scientists realize. How so you ask?
Well, maybe all this sociological and anthropological study that goes back 1,000 generations is onto something, maybe they could teach modern science a thing or too? Think not – maybe you like me question superstition, but it’s still worthy of study, and we need to explain how and why this works. With regards to “Biodanza dance experience”, I would say that if that group is bouncing up and down dancing, it might be akin to running, which tends to place an individual into an extreme endorphin rush.
What if groups of people are doing this, as they dance they are also, follow with me as I explain this, exiting the body into biorhythms which pleases the human cells, bacteria, brain, and immune system, in the areas of 1-5 Hz, and that is why the biodanza experience works? And if that is all it is, then, why add superstition to it. Also if many people are doing it at the same time, their minds are all working on nearly the same frequencies and biorhythms, so it should be expected the resultants of such a group dance?
In fact, in that case, the biodanza has great implications for success of the tribe group, group thinking, and working together in a strong family like group. Now then you might ask; why the mythology behind what is perfectly normal, why make it into such a huge revelation and add in all the other stuff, it just is. Sure, but realize even without understanding why it works, these groups, tribes, and cultures have been doing this for 10s of 1,000s of years, and science still hasn’t figured it out.
That’s why we should study culture, anthropology, sociology, etc, even if you consider yourself a “pure science” type like me.