English Talks: The Significance of Stingless Honeybees in Northern Australian Indigenous Cultures

A number of native, stingless honeybee species can be found in northern Australia, and they play an important role in the culture of local indigenous communities. This talk will provide a brief introduction to the biology of the honeybees, followed by an overview of the naming of the honeybees in the various regions and an account of how people interact with them in the natural environment. The ritual significance of the bees will also be discussed, with particular reference to their central role in mythological 'Dreaming' stories, and their representation in funeral ceremonies.

Dr. Aung Si is a Myanmar citizen, who grew up in India. He has completed Doctorates in Biology and Linguistics at the Australian National University, and is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Linguistics of the University of Cologne, where he carries out research on the biological knowledge of small language communities.

In cooperation with the Museum Fünf Kontinente. Programme for the special exhibition "Inspired by Country. Bark Painting from Northern Australia".

The course has finished.
Thursday, 05.05.2022
19:00 – 20:30 hrs
Course NumberO217030
TeacherDr. Aung Si
Museum Fünf Kontinente, Maximilianstr. 42
Fees free of charge
Registration compulsory by 2nd of May 2022 by mail: veranstaltungen@mfk-weltoffen.de. Giving your name and how many tickets you want.
Course TypePresentation
No. of Places Places available
AccessibilityEntrance to the venue has disabled access (restrictions within the building possible)
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