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In Richard Borshay Lees essay Eating Christmas in the Kalahari he shares his experience of his time spent in the Kalahari Desert In particular he expresses to his readers in detail how his experience was during the annual Christmas custom of slaughtering an ox for their fellow Bushmen neighbors This tradition has long been known as a gesture of good will for others Lee knew how much the annual tradition meant to the natives and set out to fulfill the task of finding and slaughtering the meatiest and largest ox for the trance dance While he was searching he discovered the largest black ox he could set his eyes on and purchased it for the feast As soon as word got out to the native people Lee was immediately scolded and told he picked an ox that was all bone and near death For days he was put down made fun of and made a fool for choosing to serve the ox he picked out for them Despite the criticism he was obtaining he made the decision the serve the ox to the people at the feast On the day of the celebration the first cut was made into the animal revealing a beast loaded with fat To Lees amazement his peers shot back with quick comments about how it was thin ill and dead Days after the reveal of the ox and the trance dance Lee was shocked to find out that the natives were playing a joke on him the whole time They told him it is their way of cooling a mans heart and making him gentle rather than him thinking of himself as a chief or inferior to those around him The issue presented in this article opened my eyes to the idea of looking at a controversy in a different way than I normally would have In American culture I am used to being polite when a gift is given
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