For the Hadza hunter-gatherers of the Tanzanian Rift Valley, some of the scariest, most powerful figures in story are cannibalistic ogresses – older women who are rapacious for meat. Taking various, gender ambiguous guises, these ‘monster mothers-in-law’ may try to eat their would-be sons-in-law, and generally aim to thwart men having sex. They are implicated in the first fire, the first sex, and the first epeme feast of sacred meat, as well as control of night and day.
In this fascinating talk Dr Camilla Power will explore these stories and their links to the Hadza landscape of ‘god’ mountains, baobab trees and the mythic formation of the Lake Eyasi Basin.
Camilla Power is an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at University College London, and was Senior Lecturer in Anthropology at the University of East London for many years. Camilla has published many articles on the evolutionary origins of ritual, gender and the use of cosmetics in African initiation, and did fieldwork with Hadzabe hunter-gatherer women in Tanzania.
Suitable for ages 15+
Date: Tuesday 7 December 2021
Time: 19:00 - 20:30
Free to access online
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