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Danica’s presentation "Healing trauma through mythic narratives in South Slavic tasseography" touches upon the inner meaning of archaic myths that have surfaced in dreams and in the South Slavic cup readings that have a valency irrespective of modern world distaste and offense at Female Folk culture and Humanities.

Categorized in these topics: Baba Yaga Bosnia Conference Female Social Justice Feminine Matrix and Female Culture Kolo Trauma Format Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Social Memory Women's Trauma Issues


Mythic Narrative Cup Reading Speaker’s Note & Corner
Preparations and Overview after the introduction

Annual Conference to be held in Mexico City July 1 -5th, 2009 has Danica Anderson and Eugene Ahn presenting their collaborative efforts spinning through interdisciplinary fields of archeology, mythologies, digital technologies in concert with the true structure of an interconnected planet.

“The primary focus for the 6th edition of this inclusive and interdisciplinary annual conference organized by Enkidu Magazine and the International Society for Cultural History and Cultural Studies (CHiCS) in Mexico City with the support of the National Human Rights Commission of Mexico, is to interrogate storytelling, memories and identity constructions from a wide range of perspectives, and in their manifold cultural and social manifestations.”


Danica’s presentation "Healing trauma through mythic narratives in South Slavic tasseography" touches upon the inner meaning of archaic myths that have surfaced in dreams and in the South Slavic cup readings that have a valency irrespective of modern world distaste and offense at Female Folk culture and Humanities. The Symbols, the narratives of trauma from war crimes and catastrophic violence surfaces powerful evocative ancient wisdom that heals trauma while reworking what was thought irrevocably lost: associations and interconnections with the natural, earthly land/seascapes into localized images of the past……. into specific ‘in the moment’ places and spaces continuum.


Eugene Ahn’s presentation locates, localizes a diversity of mythic icons that are images of memory and always fragmentary and provisional- needing the coherent meaning that can only be gained through projecting the memories, the storytelling into concrete settings. Eugene manifests a space and sense of place for memory to be identified and characterized as a process of imaginative reconstruction that integrates symbolic iconic materials. The mythological and images are conjured into the moment in specific contexts once identified with ancients.
Both presenters conspire and inspire an eloquent expression of memory, narratives constructive and destructive, as instructive intensified learning: a Poetic College.



Mythic Narrative Cup Reading Speaker’s Note & Corner
Preparations and Overview

The Mythic Narratives in Tasseography are familiar words of “Space” and “Place.” Female Humanities and Female Culture most likely since Mesolithic era lives in common experiences, in “space” that gives way to “Place.” The narratives in cups evoke a sense of space and place.
The Mythic Narratives are capped by an exceptionally attuned propensity to communicate via symbolization. The round cups, or circles we manifest are important experiential spaces and places of universally lived and felt understanding and wisdom.

Human lives amidst catastrophic violence, poverty and androcratic systems need the complement of experiential information collected and interpreted through the millennia. Trauma is but a Poetic College of intensified learning leaving telltale signs at the bottom of the cups and circles bringing immediate knowing and understanding.

Three patterns and weaves are found in mythic narratives- Tasseography which when magnified and not distorted allows movement and growth:

1. The Round Dance, the kolo in South Slavic, or circle orients direction with bodily postures, boundaries giving values extrapolated onto circumambient space and place.

2. All the relations within space and place are that of lived experience, merging with the meaning. Space is growth and movement, place is the resting period or pause to transform into a sense of place

3. Experience is both direct and intimate, and conceptually conveyed and mediated via symbols and signs.

Often South Slavic war crimes survivors cannot express their experiences and will suppress to the point of illness and death. When an experience refuses expression, we often term it as confidential and off limits, hence, becoming idiosyncratic and unimportant.

Trauma experiences take lifetimes to express and to interpret since the intensified learning carves out future DNA and the generations stretching out before us.

The sense of urgency to “do something” takes priority, moving too quickly or not at all, in response to catastrophic events. The very real need to act, move quickly based on models and inventories, planners and governing entities do not include the rich experiential information, the wisdom after the trauma filled with intensive learning is easily forgotten and devalued at most. There is a call to sacrifice the logical/rationale, linear that is not partnered by the intuitive and creative.

In the aftermath of catastrophic violence and events, the cup, the circle/kolo is all but left to articulate and express subtle and even horrific human experiences. Our potential for experiencing is but the tenants of Mother Nature’s Laws and the living design of human habitat that include all our relations and elements.

Preparation
Take a digital picture of a coffee or tea cup grounds. Turkish, Greek, Persian and South Slavic restaurants often have the small steaming demitasse cups of thick rich coffee.
Drink until you taste the grounds and turn the cup over to dry for a few minutes.
Turn the cup up and take a photo to bring to the session.
Bring a small sheet of doodling done over a period of time or a sheet of artwork that you have done. Bringing a photograph can be another choice.

Danica Anderson, MA, CCCJS #16713
Forensic Psychotherapist



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