John Knight LundwallWWW.cosmosandlogos.com
John Knight Lundwall received his undergraduate degree in English Literature from BYU and his Masters and Doctorate in comparative myth and religious studies from Pacifica Graduate School in Santa Barbara. He is chief editor of the online journal Cosmos and Logos: Journal of Myth, Religion, and Folklore and has been a contributing editor and author for several academic publications. His most recent publication is Mythos and Cosmos: Mind and Meaning in the Oral Age, in which Lundwall revisions the study of ancient myth and culture through the structures of oral thinking and cosmology. He is also an amateur astronomer and lectures and teaches people, young and old, about the stars and constellations.
Ancient peoples were just like you and I. They were operating off the same hardware (mind, brain, and consciousness) but were utilizing slightly different software. One chief component of this software was orality. Ancient people did not read or write, and even when writing was introduced sometime in the mid-fourth millennium BCE it took numerous centuries for literate consciousness to replace oral consciousness. How do oral peoples pass down complex information without writing? Most people think they had no complex information to pass down. This is errant. Lundwall's presentation discusses the strategies of the oral memory theater, how complex information is transmitted using memory maps encoded on natural objects and especially upon the stars and constellations. These memory maps are then correlated onto the pantheon of deities and incorporated into the religious festivals and rituals of the people.
Books by John K. Lundwall