One day Workshop on
FOLK KNOWLEDGE AND CULTURAL PSYCHOLOGY
AIM of the Workshop
Folklore is an echo of the past, but at the same time it is also the vigorous voice of the present. It can be divided into four categories: Oral Folklore, Social Folk Custom, Material Culture and Folk Arts.
Folklore had and continues to have a major say on how a group of people co ordinate their actions and construct meaning around them. Proverbs are used as decisive punch lines and myths are used to validate conduct even today.
Given this strong influence of folklore in cultural narratives, its worth while to look in detail at the psychology through the lens of folklore which is the aim of this workshop.
Crowd began to flow in as the clock struck 9:30 in the morning, The Mini Auditorium held classes 2PSYH, 2ENGH, 4PSYH and 4ENGH. The workshop began with an Inaugural Speech by Dr. Jyothi Kumar.
“As soon I entered the hall, I felt right back at home in Kerala. It is the right time to rejuvenate our minds. You might forget what you did In classes but you will always remember this for your life.”.
She remained as she thanked all the guest for gracing us on this day with this valuable time.
Welcome address was delivered by Satheesh Sir , as he began with a quote by JUNG. He went on to describe Nelumbo Nucifera, which is the scientific name for Lotus. He said” The deeper meaning of lotus, or what it means to us Indians is lost in the scientific name. We cannot understand the importance of lotus as the seat of brahma, the seat of saraswati and symbol of peace just by hearing the scientific name”. He explained the objective of the workshop through this analogy and introduced the speakers of the day.
Dr. E. K GOVINDA VARMA RAJA, was the Chief speaker of the day. He is the president of Indian folklore Association. He is also the former HOD of the folklore department at the University of Calicut.
Dr. P C Thampatty, former principle of Zamorins Guruvayurappan College. She was here to speak on cultural women psychology.
Miss. Vijisha P, executive member of the Indian Folklore association, was a scholar in magical rituals in India.
Introduction of the guests, was followed by lighting of the lamp by the faculty and speakers.
Dr Govinda Varma Raja, was the first speaker of the day and he began by explaining the different meaning of the names of our faculty members .
“Jyothi, means light and Satheesh means Satya(truth) everywhere”.
Different symbols and paintings were shown on the screen like various animals, earrings, aero planes etc. and their relation to Indian folklore was explained.
He further explained, the presence of scientific principles like Archimedes principle in the famous crow and stone story.
Also explaining the Indian Oedipus complex, giving us an example of a father who is jealous of his son and killed him later. He went further to explain inferiority complex and Pushkara complex and concluded.
Miss Vijisha , took to the podium to introduce folklore and its different categories.