Legends of Summer

Presented by
Dr. Sharonah Fredrick, Assistant Director, ACMRS

Part of the ACMRS Global Mythology Series

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - 1:00-2:30pm
Desert Foothills Library
38443 N Schoolhouse Rd, Cave Creek, AZ 85331

Free and open to the public

Eventbrite - Legends of Summer

From the ancient Celts to the Hopi peoples of the American Southwest, the period of the Summer solstice was a time filled with enchantment, fear, and anticipation: the period when portals between the worlds of the supernatural and those of humans were opened. It was, quite simply, what Shakespeare would later term as a “midsummer night’s dream.” In the Southern hemisphere, where summer arrives in December, the sun was celebrated by cultures below the equator as the time when the young child-sun replaced the winter deities and recreated the world anew. This talk will take us on a folkloric trip to Celtic Ireland, medieval Arizona, the Mediterranean, and to the sun-worshiping Incas. It will map the significance of the sun for humanity during the Middle Ages and Renaissance, as well as understanding how these older beliefs continue to influence our modern-day world.