Myth and Meaning: Cracking the Code of Culture

Myth and Meaning: Cracking the Code of Culture

by Claude Lévi-Strauss

In these five lectures originally prepared for Canadian radio, Claude Lévi-Strauss offers, in brief summations, the insights of a lifetime spent interpreting myths and trying to discover their significance for human understanding.The lectures begin with a discussion of the historical split between mythology and science and the evidence that mythic levels of understanding are being reintegrated in our approach to knowledge.

In an extension of this theme, Professor Lévi-Strauss analyzes what we have called primitive thinking and discusses some universal features of human mythology.

  • Language: English
  • Category: Anthropology
  • Rating: 3.77
  • Pages: 80
  • Publish Date: March 14th 1995 by Schocken
  • Isbn10: 0805210385
  • Isbn13: 9780805210385

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The GPAC door was open, so I dropped in an chatted with Nick who had some carrots and chard, which I declined, because I had made other plans. Discovering that myself, I returned to GPAC and chatted with Nick and ate some chard and bagel with spicy pepper jam. Things I do not like about Mr. Levi-Strauss include: he is too posi when it comes to science, especially in its ability to explain or elaborate sense-perception, and binaries are not the only structures that people use, although it is true that they are very common.

Henüz Levi-Strauss'la tanmadysanz Mit ve Anlam çok uygun bir kitap. Kitap benim için amacna ulat, kafamda farkl farkl bir sürü düünce var ve hepsi de birbirine kart. Ben Levi- Straus'un yazar, düünür, tartmac, insan; her bir yönüyle tantm için çok mutluyum.

Levi Strauss was a staunch believer in diversity of cultures, although in his work as a structuralist, he states that everything, however diverse, including mythologies, can be reduced to a lowest common denominator. (I wonder what would be his response to our present times.) Yes, homogeneity is making people strive for 'originality' but this originality, in most instances, is not an outcome of a synthesis of experiences and ideas but rather an outcome of the human desire to be different. I suspect, it isnt even the scientific-modernist approach which has robbed us of the ability to create stories, myths but our shrinking community experiences. Because our community experiences have also undergone change. May be I am stretching it too far by saying that sometimes these online communities, where we share our subjective worlds, through their defined formats of sharing, end up homogenizing our individual experiences. And maybe this creates an imbalance that we need to acknowledge. The book fleetingly touches upon a number of issues and is an absolute tease because Strauss references so many of his other works that you realise that to be able to understand him better, there is so much more that you need to read up on.

Claude Lévi-Strauss was a French anthropologist, well-known for his development of structural anthropology. Lévi-Strauss studied at the University of Paris. His books include The Raw and the Cooked, The Savage Mind, Structural Anthropology and Totemism (Encyclopedia of World Biography).