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Mokan myth-12
the show- the tsunami's effect on people  (transcript,  video)
the people
non-Moslem, non-Christian
possible Chinese or Mongolian origins >4000 years ago
sea gypsies
unique water culture declining
location
their language

our 712 interests- the story illustrates a cultural function of L--the idea of a myth
language enables myths significant to their life
contrast the flexibility of myths with the animal infrasound tsunami warnings  (animals predict!)
knowledge encoded and transmitted across generations
religion and science are close cousins to myths
all involve a story, readily captured in language, often with guidelines for behavior
portrayal in video- same old Whorfism
http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/002024.html
no words for time hence no concept of time???  Hello!
how improbable is that- for a people that live on the ocean!
On the Moken religion-- hardly a timeless people!
"The Moken are animists. They believe in spirits of the nature, and the spirits of their ancestors embodied in “lobong” poles. Their major ritual is an annual “ne-en lobong” or celebration of the spirit poles held on the full moon days of the fifth lunar month. The Moken will abstain from working for 3 days and 3 nights. They will feast, dance, sing, drink, and go into trance. The shamans will predict the community’s fate in the coming year."
Myths and evolution of the "language instinct"--we need language to use a myth.
traits vary.  Some learn their  language quicker; others slower.
those traits are inherited.  Quick learners have quick learning offspring.
some traits are "adaptive"-- their possessors have greater reproductive fitness
the individuals learning their language at an early age are more likely to survive the tsunami --understanding the myth
the survivors tend to  learn their language at an earlier and earlier age.
At some point, acquition is rapid and uniform-- an instinct?
How did the animals predict the tsunami?  They have no articulate language necessary for myths but did head for the hills?
Some animals responded to the infrasound (5-100HZ.) as the earthquake displaced enormous amounts of land and water.
this might be instinctual-- move away from a scary noise.
or maybe something learned from Mom.
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/episodes/can-animals-predict-disaster/video-full-episode/268/
one thing seems certain; animals can not change the signal-- revising their "myth" as can the Mokans.
There is also a difference in complexity of the signals--- both in generation and comprehension.
Could animals be using frequencies outside of human hearing for their discrete language communication?
I don't think so; we can record infra and ultra frequencies and look at their complexity.  It seems no different than their audible sounds-- relatively simple sine waves varying primarily in intensity and frequency.  Complex messages require a complex signal.  (See information theory...)
Here's a bonobo call, including the unprocessed time-pressure wave, and actual call.