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Practical mythology is not studying some exotic event/phenomenon but a rather useful way to re-order your/our daily realities to changed environments. We humans need rituals to transform these realities.

Practical mythology, from an anthropological gaze, is how human systems (families, groups, communities, networks, nations, corporations, religions) remember major collective/contextual events in order to rework and transform in adapting to major, system-in-contexts, changes.

Animal have to cope with the same predicaments but do not need mythology in the way humans do!

Humanity, as a glorious (evolutionary) accident, developed reconciliation rituals to make the transformations (irreversable changes) necessary to let go of unbearable individual and collective pains (traumas). outdated patterns, codes, habits.
We humans need to return frequently (collectively) to animal paradise.

GETTING BACK TO WHERE WE ONCE BELONGED

Take me back sings Van Morrison (1991) in search for when it felt so right, so good, the eternal now. The Eagles sang in Hotel Calfornia in 1976: I had to find my way back..to the place I was before.

Posted in Applying Anthropology, Beauty of Differences and Similarities, First & Second Nations, Practical Mythology, Systematically Getting Lost, Transitional Spaces

Cirkelend ‘terugploegend’ leren

‘JE ZIET HET PAS ALS JE HET DOOR HEBT’ (Johan Cruijff; voetballer en artiest) Onlangs (mei 2016) vroeg een therapeute/student in de 1-jarige opleiding transculturele systeem benadering van het Marjon Arends Instituut Amsterdam, om iets meer te vertellen over ‘handelend

Posted in Applied Mythology, Applying Anthropology, Clinical Anthropology, Cultural Selfreflection, Epistemology, Improvising Systematically, Organisms as Selfcorrective Systems, Practical Mythology, Research Practices, Systematically Getting Lost

THERE IS NEED TO ACCOUNT FOR TASTE

Sorry, this entry is only available in Dutch.

Posted in Applied Mythology, Cultural Selfreflection, Dominating & Subjecting, Practical Mythology

Beyond Ethnography lies Thick Rhyzomatic Thinking

Ethnography & Thick Description are two major shibboleths in contemporise anthropology. In hundreds of publications we tried to solve riddles of sphinxs which are only fascinating to ourselves as anthropologists. Writing, ethnography & thick description is not the key to

Posted in Applied Mythology, Applying Anthropology, Cultural Selfreflection, Epistemology, Improvising Systematically, Practical Mythology, Research Practices, Systematically Getting Lost

Falling Down and the Anxiety of Falling Apart

Sorry, this entry is only available in Dutch.

Posted in Applied Mythology, Clinical Anthropology, Cultural Selfreflection, Practical Mythology

EUROPEANS ARE NOT U.S. AMERICANS

I only recently saw the movie ‘The Master’ by Paul Anderson (2012) and was again struck by both my recognition and distancing of the desolate, mad, desperate predicament of these men, and men in other U.S.A. movies, were entangled in.

Posted in Applying Anthropology, Cosmic Jokes, Cultural Selfreflection, Practical Mythology

Corrupting Family and Social Bonds

In western philosophy and social sciences there seems to persist a conceptual fallacy for more than a millennium on small-scale (monocultural) societies and urbanized (multicultural) societies. Ancient Greek states were in fact city-states and ancient Greek Athens’ population consisted for

Posted in Applying Anthropology, Beauty of Differences and Similarities, Clinical Anthropology, Cultural Selfreflection, Epistemology, Evolutionary Alienation, Evolutionary Authenticity, Family & Community Continuity, First & Second Nations, Practical Mythology

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