Last Updated on July 29, 2019, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 200
Read Merlin Stone's When God Was a Woman and Anne Baring and Jules Cashford's The Myth of the Goddess and compare their arguments about the role of religion in the relationship of sexual equality to what Le Guin does with the Kesh and the Condor people. Investigate the idea of whether religion matters in the creation of culture.
Investigate the role of technology in the development of modern culture, specifically the environmental movement of the 1980s and 1990s. How do these ideas about technology and the environment compare to the ideologies of the Kesh and the Condor people?
Is Pandora, the editor, a "good" anthropologist? Compare Le Guin's ideas about future archaeology with current theories about how anthropology and archaeology work today.
How do the political ideas of the societies in Always Coming Home compare to modern political ideas about communism, democracy, socialism, and totalitarian governments? Define, with examples, matriarchy and patriarchy. Do these systems satisfactorily define the Kesh and the Condor people''?
Research the dances, songs, and religions of various tribal societies. How do these cultures compare to the Kesh"? How would you create a chant, choreograph a dance, or perform one of the pieces from Always Coming Home?
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