Explore several famous monsters to examine how we use monsters to make sense of an often terrifying world.
Why are humans fascinated with monsters? We find monsters depicted in visual art from the earliest human settlements, and monster stories have most likely been part of oral traditions since prehistoric times. Monsters point to deeper human fears wrapped up within existence, uncertainty, and scarcity. This talk will explore several famous monsters, covering a broad range of human diversity, chronology, and faith tradition, to examine how we use monsters to make sense of an often terrifying world.