John Colarusso

Professor in the Anthropology Department of McMaster University, Ontario.

Legends of King Arthur and the Secrets of Odin
The transition from older Celtic lofre to King Arthur – something has happened?
Clearly some new component has crept in after the old work of Wace and Layamon.
Nart elements in Malory’s version
Round table (warband)
Guinevere and Lancelot
Grail
Chivalric combat
Sir Kay and other odd names (Lancelot)
Sword in the Stone Lady of the Lake and the second sword
Return of that sword to the
Lake Sir Bedivere.

The Mythology Channel 

Where do myths come from? The roots of Eurasian Lore Language evolved to tell tales, among other things.
Telling stories as social glue. 
Time passes and tales grow old. 
The old becomes both profound and enigmatic
All societies will have this layer of myth Motifs and archetypes: the wine cellar of the human mind.
Odd details and hints of ancient community Eurasian lore: the garden of Indo-European
Oher gardens: Chinese, Altaic, Siberian, and more.

The Mythology Channel 

- Peoples of the Caucasus and the Struggle to Survive
- Mountain of Tongues (50 languages in an area the size of Spain)
- 3 language families, relics of a linguistic world before the great expansions of Indo-European, Semitic, and Altaic families
- Languages of mind-boggling complexity
- Georgian: ‘I am kissing her’ ~ ‘me kissed she’
- Abkhazian: lots of consonants, 2 or 3 vowels
- Chechen and Daghestani: Lots of consonants and lots of vowels
- Kingdoms of Abkhazia, Georgia, and Caucasian Alvania (Albania)
- The Circassians and Ubykhs, the greatest warriors
- The Chechens and (38) Daghestanis
- Ethnic jokes
- Alternative forms of national organization
- Circassian tribal organzaition (shades of Scotland)
- “Nested” allies in Daghestan
- Conquered and suppressed by Russia
- Seeking the light – what these cultures have to offer
- Prestige for women
- Veneration of the elderly (long lived)
- Hospitality
- Amazing sense of style
- Spectacular dancing
- Warrior spirit

The Mythology Channel 

 

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