Lynne Kelly, Ph.D., author of The Memory Code, joined Fahrusha and Kate Valentine on Shattered Reality Podcast to discuss memory devices used by oral cultures from the Stone Age to the present day. A native of Australia she was drawn into this study whilst working on her doctorate. What she discovered really surprised her.
She started by researching Australian Aboriginal songlines. The elders of these groups knew all of the plants and animals from memory and often generations of lineage back into time. She discovered the mechanism by which they accomplished this feat. Much of the knowledge was restricted to elders or shamans. They would trek to areas that held significance and repeat dances and songs which held enormous amounts of related knowledge. There were also objects with inscrutable (to the uninitiated) marks which held mountains of knowledge and were portable. Preliterate cultures around the world used these memory palaces and memory devices and some cultures still do. Among those that still employ these devices are many Aboriginal groups in Australia, some African tribes as well as cultures in Oceana. Memory champions in the literate world have learned some of these techniques from writings of the ancient Greeks and use them to win contests today. The Memory Code gives us amazing insight into the mysteries of ancient places like Stonehenge, the Nasca Lines and Easter Island to name a few.