Do., 25. Mai|
Talk: Anne Solomon (Independent scholar)
Title: "Rain in San thought – commonalities, divergences and change"
25. Mai, 16:00 MESZ – 26. Mai, 17:00 MESZ
Anthropological studies of Kalahari hunter-gatherers have been a rich source of ethnographic analogies in archaeology, underpinning the notion of a 'pan-San cosmology' that has been fundamental in rock art research. However, the analogical method's focus on commonalities tends to occlude differences. This is especially evident in relation to beliefs, rites and lore regarding rain and water, with apparently significant divergences between the Juǀ'hoansi and southern San (e.g. the ǀXam). Analytical problems include the assessment of difference, as opposed to variation, and explaining both commonalities and divergences. In particular, interpretations in terms of interactions-based borrowings, and the assumptions and premises of those explanations, require critical attention.