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Darwin-L Message Log 2:138 (October 1993)

Academic Discussion on the History and Theory of the Historical Sciences

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<2:138>From 72350.1764@CompuServe.COM  Thu Oct 28 15:59:29 1993

Date: 28 Oct 93 16:59:05 EDT
From: Earth Magazine <72350.1764@CompuServe.COM>
To: Darwin <darwin-l@ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu>
Subject: Re: Re: caveman

I wonder if there might be a connection between wildman/caveman and specific
groups of people who lived on the fringes of society in mediaeval and early
modern times (or even later.) By the time of the French revolution, I've read,
agricultural peasants in France were terrified of and had made up some
mythology about a group of people who lived in the woods, cutting wood and
making charcoal. The village poeple made the woods people out to be Centaurs,
essentially. There must have been many similar groups right up through the
industrial revolution. Maybe some of them even lived in caves.
Tom Waters

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