posted on Jan, 4 2011 @ 12:21 PM
Originally posted by In nothing we trust
Originally posted by Byrd
I doubt it's designed. Designed cultures always follow certain patterns.
Randomness could be considered a form of design.
Culture revolves around meaning and tradition. You don't have a tradition of (say) having most of the people in the village (in, say, Siberia or in
Arizona) hide in their houses while the Ogre dances around the village looking for children to pack in her basket and take away to eat -- yet it has
meaning and place in the Kwakiutl lore and legends and Siberia and Arizona are two places with the same genetic marker.
The Ogre has meaning but only in one place.
We do see cases where cultures have another tradition inflicted on them and they get modified (the Christmas processions in Mexico, where the Deer God
comes out and dances with Jesus.)
There really would be no purpose to "designed randomness."
Who's to say that aliens haven't been making small genetic modifications to the human species over time?
That'd involve controlling breeding. That's kind of a difficult thing to do. Besides we live near a star (our sun) that puts out impressive amounts
of radiation and is constantly changing (damaging) our genes.
Don't we have myths about half-human half-animal beings such as the Minotaur or Pan?
Or even monuments like the sphinx?
As far as I know they are presented as mythical or magical figures in the culture. Recent speculation is that some of this comes from the ancient
people discovering and telling tales about old fossil bones.
The Chinese dragon is one of the most important mythical creatures in Chinese mythology. The Chinese dragon is considered to be the most
powerful and divine creature and is believed to be the controller of all waters.
Chinese people sometimes use the term "Descendants of the Dragon" as a sign of their ethnic identity.
Or the Chinese Goddess Nüwa? (half-human half-serpent)
I love the dragon lore and have studied it as well. However, only the Chinese and Japanese cultures have a strong tradition of dragon lore -- the
European dragons are very different and are more similar to the Nordic dragons. So you can argue a mythic lineage or similarity for the two distinct
regions... and it wouldn't be surprising.
If you're talking about folklore lineages, we can clearly see these with a number of different types of tales. My favorite "hero" who started in one
area and then became a hero of many other cultures is Nazaraddin Hodja (well, and Coyote, too.) Levy-Strauss was interested in this kind of lore --
I'm not sure if anyone's done formal papers tracing the lineage of the Hodja stories (he was a real person) but ... I'm getting far away from the
original intent of this thread.
We see some traditions going along with the blood lines but they get modified as the people come into new areas... so the Nordic traditions aren't
very close to the Indian ones and the Incan/Aztecan/Olmec traditions aren't very close to the Kwakiutl traditions.
edit on 4-1-2011 by Byrd
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