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Voices of the Past Endure: Understanding Myths  

Before the history, there were the myths. They tried to reduce the world’s complexity by providing explanations of what happened and why. Myths were intended to transmit norms and values, to keep the memory of the past alive, and to establish the place of the individual in the universe. Therefore, analyzing a myth can tell us much about our customs, beliefs, and future aspirations. In this course, we will learn about myths in South America that have persisted since precolonial times through the present day. Many of these myths have assumed contemporary elements in order to be transmitted to new generations, allowing traditions to persist and be reinvented. During this course, we will understand the significance of myths such as the origins of the coca leaves, the fight against Huari (Devil) and the Virgin Mary, and many others.


Voices of the Past Endure: Understanding Myths
Facilitator: Mario Portugal-Ramirez This class is currently in session.
Dates: 9/10/2019 - 10/8/2019 Day of the Week: Tu
Time: 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Number of Sessions: 5
Location: McCormack Hall Room: 417, 1st Floor

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