Children of Desire: Five Creation Stories From Around The World with Beatrice Bowles

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Here Bowles has gathered creation stories from five different cultures to create a modern initiation experience. In traditional coming of age ceremonies, a creation myth often serves to introduce the initiate to enduring sources of wisdom as well as to the goddesses and gods of creation. In this collection, we meet many creators: Nana-Buluku from West Africa, a creator who is both female and male (performed by Luisah Teish); Ta'aroa from Tahiti, who gives his body to make all of nature (performed by Sidney Walker); Mother of Air and her daughter Mother of Water, who create Earth and Sky in the tradition of Northern Europe (performed by Courtney Benoist); Wanadi, from South America, a sky god who sends ambassadors to Earth (performed by Sidney Walker). We end up with a myth from the North American Hopi tradition, Tawa the sun spirit and Spider Woman, who guide Earth's evolution just as they do today, if we remember to listen! (performed by Beatrice Bowles). Joseph Campbell served as mentor to Bowles on this project. (hosted by Beatrice Bowles)

Bio

Beatrice Bowles, writer, storyteller, and Grammy Recording Academy member, delights children and adults alike with myths and fairy tales in presentations at schools, botanical gardens, and museums, and in her recordings with original music by composer Sara Buchanan MacLean. This recording features the voices of Beatrice Bowles, Luisah Teish, Sidney Walker, and Courtney Benoist. The original music was composed and performed by Cal Gravatt and Dan McMullen.

Beatrice Bowles is the creator of the following audio programs:

To learn more about the work of Beatrice Bowles go to www.beatricebowles.com.

Stories in this Special Production

  • Nana-Buluku from West Africa, a creator who is both female and male
  • Ta'aroa from Tahiti, who uses his body to make all of nature
  • Mother of Air and her daughter, Mother of Water, who create Earth and Sky, in the tradition of Northern Europe
  • Wanadi, from South America, a sky god who sends ambassadors to Earth
  • Tawa, the sun spirit and Spider Woman, who guide Earth's evolution just as they do today from the North American Hopi tradition

Host: Beatrice Bowles     Interview Date: 8/15/1989     Program Number: S700