“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 elders would then instruct her about the true meaning of the stories so that she could return home unlighted by their wisdom. Because no ceremonies is performed, the people of the tribe, began to drink and telling stories. She does however take into account that the customs and translation of his works could produce slight differences in shakespeaare interpretations. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: They threatened to tell me no more stories until I told them one of mine.

This morning they wanted to hear a story shakespfare they drank. Laura Bohannan is an American anthropologist who goes to visit an African tribe called the Tiv. Although these answers were not the same the author viewed she found them fascinating and she modeled the remaining parts of the story around them.

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Storytelling is a skilled art among them; their standards are high, and the hush critical—and vocal in their criticism. Through out this story you can see that human nature does plays no part in the Tivs interpretations of Hamlet.


Mr WordPress on Hello world! This site uses cookies. She choose to tell the story of Hamlet, realizing that this is her chance to prove that Hamlet is understandable in every culture. When it rained, people had to sit inside their huts: October Learn how and when to remove this template message. I was quite mistaken. Most of the ceremonies demanded the presence of elders from several homesteads. In the center were three pots of beer. The elder then concluded that Hamlet had jumped in after him to prevent Laertes from snatching the body.

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One night three men were keeping watch outside the homestead of the vohannan chief, when suddenly they saw the former chief approach them. Beliefs about Chiefs 3. 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.

She studies to a point where she is sure that Hamlet only has one possible interpretation. As the swamps rose even higher, all activities but one came to an end. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Return bohannann Laughterwhich she wrote under the name Elenore Smith Bowen, remains a well-reviewed work, [2] and it is based on Bohannan’s fieldwork in Nigeria.

He proceeded to tell how Laertes was scheming to get money to pay off his debts.


You are commenting using your Twitter account. Click to learn more https: During her stay with the Tiv in Africa, Bohannan gets a chance to relay the shakrspeare of Hamlet to the tribe.

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I was quite sure that Hamlet had only one possible interpretation, and that one universally obvious. On her trip to Africa the author finds out that custom, translations, and culture play a larger role in the interpretation of Shakespeare and that his bohahnan were not as universal as she previously thought.

They married 15 May The author learns that culture is the main reason for these differences of opinion.

Shakespeare in the Bush

Views Read Edit View history. They clarified that only a male member of ones family had the power to bewitch people therefore it was clearly king Claudius who was behind this.

Shaksspeare Tiv had very different rationalizations for the plot progression and the character motives. The concept of someone having a ghost or living after they die was very foreign to them.

The women brewed beer from maize and millet.

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.