Myths and Taboos

Have a read of the book My Life in Ruins by Adam Ford.
He’s an Archaeologist who has participated in digs around the globe.
He ponders the period 8,000-10,000 years ago when people switched to farming from a hunter-gatherer lifestyle.
Why would they do that?
He reckons … you only have to work for an hour a day to get enough food, and spend the rest of the time lounging around creating very elaborate creation myths and taboos and things.

An interesting concept, but most of our inland (non-coastal) Australian Aborigines did not switch to farming … yet they had time to dream and construct creation myths and taboos.


  1. it must have been a simple life just gardening for a short period each day and then doing other less taxing work.
    today we complicate our lives too much


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