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Folklore Myth and Culture - 355201 121201 Cultural Purity and the Refute of the Inevitable Momentum In the introduction to The Pure Products Go Crazy James Clifford offers a poem by William Carlos Williams about a housekeeper of his named Elsie This girl is of mixed blood with a divided common ancestry and no real collective roots to trace Williams begins to make the observation that this is the direction that the world is moving in as Clifford puts itan inevitable momentum Clifford believes in that in an interconnected world one is always to varying degrees inauthentic In making this statement Clifford is perhaps only partially accurate In the western hemisphere where Williams was located perhaps it can be said directly that the influence of modern society has attributed to the lack of general ancestry as one culture after another has blended with the next Perhaps it can be said as well that as Clifford puts it there seem no distant places left on the planet where the presence of modern products media and power cannot be felt Clifford 14 The intention of this paper is to contend first that there is essentially such a thing as pure culture and contrary to Cliffords belief that there are pure unblended cultures that remain while not altogether untouched by foreign influence natural within themselves It will be argued as well that the influence of modern society does not necessarily lead to a loss of cultural soundness itself but rather that a presence of certain cultural practices within the respective cultures has attributed to the lasting purity of certain cultures In this case we will be discussing the cultures that exist in Haiti and Bali To address the first part of my argument we fist must take in hand what exactly is this pure culture that has been mentioned thus far Clifford believes that cultures for the sake of the argument being made can
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