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#579#580#581#582 Episode #583 - Unwelcome Christmas Truths
(From African Slave Traders to Pagan Festivals)

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Sat 24 December 2011  Various, David Graeber (Reading)
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Download Hour1 Download Hour2 This week, a seasonal twist to our look at the dark sides of the modern money system. We hear the documentary Christmas Unwrapped, on the pagan roots of the Christmas festival. We conclude Games with Sex and Death, chapter 6 of David Graeber's Debt, The First 5000 Years.
We start the show with Dear Santa by Sean Morey, a light hearted reminder of some of the points made last week. Then we continue by starting reading Games with Sex and Death, chapter 6 of David Graeber's Debt, The First 5000 Years, on the Lele's notion of 'blood debts'. He examines their original insistence that nothing could substitute for human life. What underlay their fear that the local leaders were secretly consuming human flesh to increase their power...? Our main feature this week is the sound track of the documentary Christmas Unwrapped, on the pagan roots of the Christmas festival, which continues into our second hour. We conclude the show by reading the rest of Games with Sex and Death, chapter 6 of David Graeber's Debt, The First 5000 Years, on how currency was integral to the operation of the African Slave trade.
Music: Dear Santa by Sean Morey, Red Star Over The Christmas Tree by Rathergood.com
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