“Gods of the upper air” book by Charles King

Sitting in this hotel room after a 14-hour flight, I find myself still immersed in the stories of folklore that I read during the journey.

“The Gods of the Upper Air” by Charles King is like a breath of fresh air after a long flight. I found myself immersed in its pages, pondering the intricate tapestry of folklore and its impact on society. As I sat in my hotel room, reflecting on my journey and the words I had just consumed, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of awe at the depth of insight provided by this book.

The quote you highlighted resonates deeply with me. It’s a reminder that folklore isn’t some obscure academic pursuit but a living, breathing reflection of human interaction and culture. It’s about how people from different backgrounds come together, sharing stories that shape their understanding of the world and their place within it. This notion challenged my preconceived ideas about folklore, pushing me to reconsider its significance in our lives.

One of the most striking revelations for me was the idea that folklore isn’t static. It’s not confined to ancient texts or distant lands; rather, it evolves and adapts, mirroring the changes in society and individual lives. This dynamic nature of folklore speaks to its resilience and relevance, even in our modern, fast-paced world.

My favorite quote from the book is, “Folklore wasn’t about exposing some hidden essence of society, but the way real people interact with one another, overtime repeatedly.” It really captures the essence of what the book is all about: understanding how people interact within their cultural backgrounds.

“The Gods of the Upper Air” is about a group of people who studied different cultures and changed our views on race, gender, and sex. Led by Franz Boas, they included Margaret Mead, Zora Neale Hurston, and Ruth Benedict.


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