Claude Levi-Strauss, RIP

News of another important death.

One of the greatest anthropologists and original thinkers of the 20th century died last week. Claude Levi-Strauss was one of the first westerners to challenge the notions of primitive societies and to really tackle and try to understand the role of myth in traditional and modern society. He was 100 years old and died on Halloween. Not a bad innings and a great day to go out 🙂

As a young university student I revelled in Levi-Strauss and was greatly encouraged by his approach to myth. His work was influential in so many ways and though his ideas are in some ways passe now, they can still vitalize when engaged with. I will be going home to re-read some pages from his classic ‘The Raw and the Cooked.’

RIP, Monsieur Levi-Strauss. May the mound keep you and bless you.

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