Ancient Egypt

When Did Mythology Become Religion? w/ John K. Lundwall

John K. Lundwall on the Mythicist Milwaukee Show

John K. Lundwall received his BA in English Literature from Brigham Young University, and his MA and PhD in Mythological Studies from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpenteria, California. Dr. Lundwall has presented numerous lectures at symposiums, conferences, and public classes in myth studies, and has served as an editor for several academic publications. He specializes in the connections between oral cosmology, myth, and cultus. 

His book “Mythos and Cosmos: Mind and Meaning in the Oral Age” reexamines ancient myth through the template of oral thinking and oral cosmology. Contradicting decades of assumptions about the purpose and function of ancient mythology, Lundwall defines myth as "the oral imprinting press of pre-literate peoples" and shows that myth belongs to a complex and rational method of information transmission amongst oral peoples. 

During this interview John shares his research into the ancient myths, traditions, and rituals. He explains what we know about the earliest forms or religious writings and how they still showcase their oral roots. If you ever wondered about how ancient orals religions compare to what we deem as modern day religions, don't miss this interview! 

The Life of Hypatia of Alexandria w/ Dr. Bruce MacLennan


Dr. Bruce MacLennan on the "Mythicist Milwaukee Show"

Dr. Bruce J. MacLennan is the author of the book “Wisdom of Hypatia” . He has a BS in mathematics  from Florida State University, and an MS and PhD in computer science from Purdue University. He was a senior software engineer at Intel, and a professor at the Naval Postgraduate School and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. His research is in artificial intelligence, artificial life, self-organizing systems, and philosophy of mind.

For more than forty years, MacLennan has also been a student of ancient Greek and Roman philosophy and religion. He has published journal articles and book chapters on Neoplatonic spiritual practices, Jungian psychology, and neurotheology. MacLennan is invited regularly to give international presentations and offers regular workshops on Neoplatonic spiritual practice, Pythagoreanism, theurgy, and related subjects. 

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Dr. MacLennan shares who Hypatia of Alexandria was and what her life looked like in Egypt. He shares the wisdom that she has passed down through the generations and how her teachings can still benefit modern day society. If you were ever interested in Hypatia and what she stood for, this is a must listen interview for you.