Mythic Laughter

In Greek mythology, tricksters have always played an important role, often using humour to bring about wisdom. Baubo makes the goddess Demeter laugh by exposing herself, ending Demeter’s long period of mourning over the loss of her daughter, Persephone. Gelos was the personification of laughter in other Greek myths. Why has humour always been an essential element when human beings try to make sense of the world around them? Join us as we explore the role of humour and laughter in ancient mythology and meaning-making.

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John Bucher
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John Bucher is a mythologist and story expert who has been featured on the BBC, the History Channel, in the LA Times, and on numerous other international outlets . He serves as Executive Director for the Joseph Campbell Foundation and is a writer, podcaster, storyteller, and speaker. He has worked with government and cultural leaders around the world as well as organisations such as  HBO, DC Comics, Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon, A24 Films, and Atlas Obscura. He has served as a producer, consultant, and writer for numerous film, television, and Virtual Reality projects. He is the author of six books including the best-selling Storytelling for Virtual Reality, named by BookAuthority as one of the best storytelling books of all time.  John has worked with New York Times Best Selling authors, YouTube influencers, Eisner winners, Emmy winners, Academy Award nominees, magicians, and cast members from Saturday Night Live. He holds a PhD in Mythology & Depth Psychology and has spoken on 6 continents about using the power of story and myth to reframe how individuals, organizations, cultures, and nations believe and behave.

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