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Re: Bushmen Don't Understand Hamlet
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1913  Wednesday, 18 September 2002

[1]     From:   W. L. Godshalk <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 17 Sep 2002 15:28:48 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.1909 Re: Bushmen Don't Understand Hamlet

[2]     From:   Tom Dale Keever <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 18 Sep 2002 00:42:06 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.1909 Re: Bushmen Don't Understand Hamlet

[3]     From:   Terence Hawkes <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 18 Sep 2002 05:41:12 -0400
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From:           W. L. Godshalk <
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Date:           Tuesday, 17 Sep 2002 15:28:48 -0400
Subject: 13.1909 Re: Bushmen Don't Understand Hamlet
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1909 Re: Bushmen Don't Understand Hamlet

Nod Moolb writes:

>Among us either of these desires would require that the healers be
>called and a ceremony of purification be held. Usually with a sweat
>bath, the chanting of the right songs to the spirits, and the marking of
>the face and chest with colored paint, the individual can be returned to
>harmony with the world.

Since I come from a different culture (Appalachian redneck), I have no
idea what Nob means.  In my culture we take a shower, sing hymns, seek
absolution from the local priest, do penance, and get tattoed and/or
pierced. Only the women use paint and get their lips enhanced and (some
times) permanently colored.

And since I come from a different culture than Shakespeare's, I have no
idea what he's writing about either.  Nope, I'm caught inside
Appalachia.

Yours,
Willy the Redneck

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From:           Tom Dale Keever <
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Date:           Wednesday, 18 Sep 2002 00:42:06 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 13.1909 Re: Bushmen Don't Understand Hamlet
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1909 Re: Bushmen Don't Understand Hamlet

I am happy to see that Laura Bohannon's delightful cross-cultural
adventure is getting much deserved attention, even if her original essay
is not always credited and the later versions stray far from the
original.

Her essay, "Shakespeare in the Bush," appears in a volume of Shakespeare
scholarship, I think for the first time, in the recent "Critical Essays
on Shakespeare's Hamlet," edited by David Scott Kastan and published by
G. K. Hall.

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From:           Terence Hawkes <
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Date:           Wednesday, 18 Sep 2002 05:41:12 -0400
Subject: Re: Bushmen Don't Understand Hamlet
Comment:        SHK 13.1909 Re: Bushmen Don't Understand Hamlet

Forget the Tiv. The Bush and, dread thought, its Men, are always closer
than we think. There was once a high British government official who
admired Macbeth for its 'variety of dancing and music'. More recently,
the US Government gave official endorsement to the view that the essence
of the same work could be expressed as 'Crime Does Not Pay'.

Terence Hawkes

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