Re-Creating The World with Michael Meade

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Meade shares the Native American story of the Old Woman in the Cave and the ancient Vedic myth of Manu who saves a fish and establishes our interconnection with all life and the natural world. These two myths are re-creation stories as opposed to simply creation myths. He reminds us that we are narrative beings and part of our creativity comes from finding out where in the story we belong. Though fundamentalist religion may tell us a story of the end of the world, Meade says that this is just a limited view. He gives us hope for the future as he encourages each of us to tap into our mythic imagination, because we are in the age of wonder. He challenges each of us to find the thread of our life and weave it into the bigger pattern of humanity saying, “Why not take the side of creation, why not find our own thread even in the midst of uncertainty and pain and learn how to weave and create?” (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)


Michael Meade is a renowned storyteller, author, scholar of mythology, and student of ritual in traditional cultures. He has scoured the world to bring to us meaningful folk tales that tap into ancestral sources of wisdom and acts as a guide to connect them to the stories we are living today. Meade is the founder of Mosaic Multicultural Foundation. 

He distributes regular podcasts and his many books include:

To learn more about the work of Michael Meade go to

Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • Why apocalypse means beginning as well as end
  • What are some of the cultural wounds that are being healed now
  • What is the Indian Vedic myth of the first human who saves a fish
  • How even science is contained in a larger story
  • What is the re-creation myth of the Old Woman In the Cave
  • What are the three parts of creation: weaving beauty, sustaining the world, the unraveling
  • Why it’s important for each of us to find our own thread to weave the re-creation of the world
  • Why young people and others are so interested in video games and how they can save the world

Host: Justine Willis Toms   Interview Date: 8/13/2012   Program Number: 3448

Music Playlist

From Album: Journey Between
Artist: Baka Beyond
1998 Rykodisc #HNCD 1415

Opening Essay: Track 05 Cotu
Music Break 1: Track 04 Konti
Music Break 2: Track 06 Lands End
Music Break 3: Track 08 Queen of Ngorongoro

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