MAFO : "Ancient Myths and Pictographs" — mixed media
"There is a realm of anthropology in this lower state of mankind which we call savagery, that is hard to understand from the standpoint of modern civilization, where science, theology, religion, medicine and the esthetic arts are developed as more or less discrete subjects. In savagery these great subjects are blended in one, as they are interwoven into a vast plexus of thought and action, for mythology is the basis of philosophy, religion, medicine, and art. In savagery the observed facts of the universe, relating alike to physical nature and to the humanities, are explained mythologically, and these mythic conceptions give rise to a great variety of practices. The acts of life are born of the opinions held as explanations of the environing world. Thus it is that philosophy finds expression in a complex system of superstitions, ceremonies and practices, which together constitute the religion of the people. That which occupies the attention of the savage mind relates to the pleasures and pains, the joys and sorrows of present existence."
— Seventh Annual Report of The Bureau of Ethnology, Secretary of The Smithsonian Institution 1885-'86, by J. W. Powell