Oral fixation.

DIES VENERIS PRID. NON. MART. MMDCCLII A.U.C. | V
Photographer: Angelica Tynan
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‘The memory involved in oral cultures is carried in stories that are continually retold & that evolve as they are transmitted. The spoken record, the story, develops organically as time goes on, & there’s nobody around to say, “Well, you’ve got the story wrong … ” ’¹ – Rupert Sheldrake

Prehistoric cultures that relied on oral tradition employed a variety of methods of memorisation, including:

  • alliteration
  • onomatopoeia
  • drawing & re-tracing simple geometric figures in the sand

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¹ Ralph Abraham, Terence McKenna, Rupert Sheldrake, Chaos, Creativity & Cosmic Consciousness (Rochester: Park Street Press, 1992), 38.

Self-portrait manipulated in GIMP.
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2012-Feb-04


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