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 Hawks: Stalking the wild ebu gogo
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Stalking the wild ebu gogo

In the current issue of Anthropology Today, there is a great article by
Greg Forth (University of Alberta), covering the ebu gogo legend, and
the impact of the Liang Bua discoveries on the local peoples of Flores.
Many thanks to reader Rob Kruszynski for the reference.
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For Forth, the assumption that ebu gogo is "just another myth" is
tantamount to assuming that "small-scale, non-Western societies are
incapable of distinguishing empirical categories, the objects of
ordinary intuition, from fantastic images dictated by religious
tradition" (ibid.).
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>From where I sit, large-scale Western societies "are incapable of

distinguishing empirical categories, the objects of ordinary intuition,
from fantastic images dictated by religious tradition" (ref. Sasquatch,
Yowie, Yeti etc.), so why would the local peoples of Flores be any
different?

Ross Macfarlane



Wed, 12 Dec 2007 16:00:05 GMT
 Hawks: Stalking the wild ebu gogo

Quote:
> http://johnhawks.net/weblog/
> In the current issue of Anthropology Today, there is a great article by
> Greg Forth (University of Alberta), covering the ebu gogo legend, and
> the impact of the Liang Bua discoveries on the local peoples of Flores.
> Many thanks to reader Rob Kruszynski for the reference.
> ...
> For Forth, the assumption that ebu gogo is "just another myth" is
> tantamount to assuming that "small-scale, non-Western societies are
> incapable of distinguishing empirical categories, the objects of
> ordinary intuition, from fantastic images dictated by religious
> tradition" (ibid.).
> ...
> >From where I sit, large-scale Western societies "are incapable of
> distinguishing empirical categories, the objects of ordinary intuition,
> from fantastic images dictated by religious tradition" (ref. Sasquatch,
> Yowie, Yeti etc.), so why would the local peoples of Flores be any
> different?

For lots of reasons.  In the West we rarely
have direct or personal experience of many
or most of the things we claim to know.
We rely on written material and on images
from the mass-media.  We quite often learn
of whole systems of belief that turned out to
be false, sometimes those that we were lead
to believe in ourselves (e.g. dinosaur-extinction,
or fixed-continents).

Whereas in small pre-literate societies, we will
know everyone personally, and will learn how
trustworthy each person is.  When some return
with strange tales we can look into their eyes,
and with the help of the rest of the community
decide whether or not they are reliable witnesses,
or telling the truth.

The two worlds are of a completely different
nature in this respect (and in many others).

Paul.



Fri, 14 Dec 2007 04:16:52 GMT
 
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