Just came across Wade Davis’ TED Talk on The Worldwide Web of Belief and Ritual as I was searching for his 2009 Massey Lecture: The Wayfinders – Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World. I heard this lecture on ABC a few summers ago and was captivated be the story that Davis told of Polynesian wayfinders (seafarers) and their intimate knowledge of stars and the Pacific Ocean. Can’t
to find a podcast of this lecture which is disappointing!
Davis is an anthropologist that has spent time with Indigenous cultures around the world and in the talk above speaks about the deep metaphors that peoples live by and use to tell the stories of their creation and life. There is something quite profound about metaphor that keeps tugging at my shirt-sleeve, a constant reminder to pay attention to it and the deeper meaning that resonates beyond literal teachings.