“Shakespeare in the Bush” by Laura Bohannan can be used as an introduction to the concept of culture, moral universals, human nature, and anthropology. Laura Bohannan’s article in Natural History, Shakespeare in the Bush introduces anthropology to a broad audience through a retelling of Hamlet. Just before leaving Oxford Laura has a discussion with a friend who claims that Americans often don’t understand the true meaning of.

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The poison beer that killed Hamlets mother was obviously meant for the winner of the fight. Like the other elders of the vicinity, the old man lahra most of his time performing ceremonies seldom seen these days in the more accessible parts of bksh tribe.

She protests, and claims that human nature is the same all over the world, apart from certain details. The Tiv elders had many explanations for the behavior of Hamlet, which held the authors interest.

Men filled their long wooden pipes and knocked coals from the fire to place in the pipe bowls; then, puffing contentedly, they sat back to listen. These works were based on her travels and work in Africa between and My sakespeare Profile Feedback Log out.


I protested in vain. You are commenting using your Twitter account. I was laufa sure that Hamlet had only one possible interpretation, and that one universally obvious.

Your servants tell me that when you are not with us, you sit inside your hut looking at a paper. Leave your email and dhakespeare will send you an example after 24 hours How to cite this page Choose cite format: To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: To make this website work, we log user data and share it with processors. They threatened to tell me no more stories until I told them one of mine. The Tiv spend a lot of time drinking and telling stories, which is aan artform in their culture.

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As the swamps rose, the old men found it too difficult to walk from one homestead to the next, and the ceremonies gradually ceased.

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In addition the elder claimed that the chief would have done this also for fear of Laertes witchcraft. Through out this story you can see that human nature does plays no part in the Tivs interpretations of Hamlet.

A Chief also should have many wives. Bohannan learns that no values are truly universal, because the way you understand things is different in different cultures.

I protested that human nature is pretty much the same the whole world over; at least the general plot and motivation of the greater tragedies would always be clear—everywhere—although some details of custom might have to be explained and difficulties of translation might produce other slight changes.


Analysis of the story “Shakespeare in the bush” Essay

Off and on from to Bohannan and her husband lived among the Tiv tribe of southeastern Nigeria. Beliefs about Chiefs 3. Share buttons are a little bit lower. To end an argument we could not conclude, my friend gave me a copy of Hamlet to study in the African bush: Since my arrival, letters were brought to me to be read.

In Tiv society it is only natural for the brother of the chief to become chief in the event of his brothers death. By midmorning the whole homestead was singing, dancing, and drumming. Personal letters for the few who had relatives in the government or mission stations were kept until someone went to a large market where there was a letter writer and reader.

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