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Sub-Categories of Anthropology
- Anthropology of Religion
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- Cultural Anthropology
- Evolution and Human Origin
- Food Origins
- Forensic Anthropology
- Human Migration
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The Native American Religious and Cultural Practices of Conserving the Environment
Almost all of the countries in the world consist of rich cultural and religious practices that are embedded in ethics of conserving the environment. Most, if not all, of the cultures strive to make their people live in harmony with Mother Nature. They mostly accomplish this by revering and consequently protecting the compon...
The Traditional Widows' Practice of the Varanasi
The Varanasi Widows Widows’ practices surrounding their husbands’ deaths have historically been very extreme in southern Asia. A hundred years ago it was common to practice Sati, or widow burning, where the widow would throw herself upon the funeral pyre of her husband. Society dictated that she could not live without...
Ways Magicians Claim Expertise in the Area of Magic
Performing magic has often been somewhat exclusionary and is often done by people who claim to have knowledge or expertise in an area. For instance, one simple requirement for people wanting to write a curse is that they must be literate and experienced in inscribing a tablet. In fact, the range of skill with tablet writing...
The Concept of Cosmic Sympathy
Cosmic sympathy is an idea in astrology that states that the entire universe is interconnected and a change in one region of the universe may cause a change in another region, much like a living and breathing organism (Luck, Arcana Mundi, 395). It came up as an argument used by Manilius to legitimize astrology as a science....
The Power Structure Within the Field of Anthropology in Michael-Rolph Trouillot's Global Transformations
Anthropological Validity in Terms of the “Other” In Michel-Rolph Trouillot’s Global Transformations, the power structure within the field of anthropology was in question. Inherently, the scholar separates himself from his subject, and as most scholars retain Western-descent, they classified their subjects as “savage” who...
The Study of Popular Culture in Anthropology
The Study of Popular Culture in Anthropology Popular culture is an important subject in the study of a culture as a whole as it gives one a broad insight into the lives of people at a given point in time. Even though popular culture can be thought of by some as simple entertainment, it can actually tell us a lot about the...
Postcolonial Management of Heritage and Its Benefits to Long-Term Management of Natural Resources
A person's heritage is made up of the practices and traditions that are passed on from one generation to the next (Ozman 2005: 2). Heritage also includes what has been passed on from the family, community and place where people have and continued to live. People also have a national heritage where a person who was born in S...
The Changes in Modern Human Culture and Its Effects on the Human Health
Modern human culture has come far from where it once was. In much of the world, large cities occupy areas that were once sparsely populated. For much of the world, all kinds of foods are found in grocery stores, rather than being gathered from the land. However, no matter how fast our technological development progresses...
The Evolution of Humans and Its Predecessors in The Story of the Human Body, a Book by Daniel Lieberman
In The Story of the Human Body, Daniel Lieberman discusses the evolution of humanity and its predecessors, and how that evolution has shaped our lives, especially our health. He suggests that we have evolved to live in a world that is starkly different than the one we have created for ourselves. He believes that we have s...
Comparing the Similarities and Differences Between the Hispanic Culture and American Culture
The impact of the Catholic Church is readily apparent in Hispanic culture. Similarly, our own culture has deep Christian roots. In addition, shared geography and immigration have led to a merging of cultures. In fact, the Hispanic population is one of the fastest growing minorities in our nation. (DeSpelder 117) Yet, des...
An Analysis of Different Leadership Styles in Gangs
Orthodox leadership styles (used in government bodies) usually cannot be applied to gang leadership styles. Gang leaders rely predominantly on honor systems to ensure some level of organization and social hierarchy in the gang. In everyday society, calm is enforced by law enforcement. For a gang leader, someone operating an...
The Seven Most Important Inventions by Humans
The invention that I believe is the most important is the ability to control fire. It enabled humans to cook food, move to colder climates knowing that they could warm themselves up, and smelt tools and weapons. I think fire is the most important because without it today I don’t think humans would be alive. I believe tha...
The Dominating Species on the Face of Earth
Why The Human is The Most Dominant Species on Earth Humans, and not the saber-tooth tiger, are the most dominant species on earth for many reasons. These include technological advances, the invention of agriculture and domestication. The saber-tooth tiger species was not able to adapt to their environment and create in...
The Difference and Similarities of Foragers and Farmers
Foragers vs. Farmers Foragers and farmers have a plethora of similarities and differences. In comparison, they share characteristics such as respect for nature, developing habits and instincts, and the ability to adapt or move based on their environment. In contrast, foragers and farmers differ in many ways, such as how th...
Understanding the Relationship Between Design and Anthropology
In this course I have learned a significant amount about context research and about the relationship between design and anthropology. I originally came into the class thinking that anthropology was a tool for background research that could be used to set the stage for a more involved, hands-on design process. I now know t...
Karma in the Myth of Orion in Greek Mythology
Imagine the last time you were camping, or just laying out in your backyard and you took a few moments to enjoy the stars and constellations. I always get a majestic feeling. In a universe of billions and billions of stars, who would have ever thought that there were meanings and stories behind the existence of them? Our an...
The Excavation of King David's Palace in Did I Find King David's Palace?, an Article by Eliat Mazar
A Source Analysis: Has David’s Palace Been Found? In 2006, Biblical Archaeology Review released an article called “Did I Find Kind David’s Palace?” This article was written by and based on the excavations of archaeologist Eilat Mazar. Based on findings from this excavation, Mazar claims to have found the biblically infamou...
The Effects of the Discovery of the Ardipithecus Ramidus on Our Understanding of Evolution
Ardipithecus ramidus The origin and evolution of mankind has been a perpetual debate that poses many questions, many of which we may never be able to answer. Although we have only recently begun to uncover the history of the earth, scientists have come up with a credible outline to explain how the human species emerged. Ho...
The Complex Persona of Jupiter in Roman Mythology
Jupiter is an extensively discussed deity in the ancient and modern worlds. He is the most divine of the Olympic Gods but despite this possesses many ‘ungodly’ characteristics. While to many people Jupiter’s various actions may appear to be in contradiction with his position as chief of the gods, others view all his actions...
Uncovering the Science Behind Racial Inequality
Reading Summary – Making a Science of Racial Inequality This piece was basically about the origin of the social construct of race as it began in European culture. Since 1749, scientists have been trying to study racial differences to try to understand humanity and culture better. Most of those proposed theories originated...
The Thoughts of Peter Kropotkin on the Behavior of Primitive People in Mutual Aid: A New Factor of Evolution
Kropotkin’s Thoughts on the Behavior of Primitive People In Mutual Aid: A New Factor of Evolution, Peter Kropotkin seems to be in support of the idea that humans are more inclined to work together in groups, rather than live a self-sufficient life of isolation. When speaking of the earliest ‘groups’ of humans, Kropotkin b...
The Importance of Equality and Order for Hammurabi
The Beginning to Equality and Order The level of severity the laws this new civilization presents reflects how genuine Hammurabi wants to develop order. As “the exalted Prince, who feared God” (Hammurabi, law), he establishes credibility in creating The Code. The significance of these laws were not only important during th...
The Issues in the African Blood Lines in the African Diaspora
The African Diaspora The African slave trade is described as historically the cruelest treatment of any group. African were up rooted from their homes and societies to be taken to foreign lands. Throughout the African slave trade, the word diaspora is used to explain the spreading of blacks. The text explained the word by...
Tattoo as an Important Art of the Native American Culture
Art is a form of self-expression. Painting, drawing, singing, dancing, acting, and other likewise media are ways that people are able to communicate to the world who they are and what they are all about. But what about tattoos? Where do these fall? Are they a form of self-expression that has no limits or are they something...
The Beliefs of an Imaginary World in the Traditions of the Himba People of Namibia
Imaginary Worlds The Himba of Namibia share beliefs of an imaginary world, including the nature of the heart, the importance of ancestors, and the nature of the Earth. While they share this common worldview, individuals in Himba society differ in their perceptions of specific ideas. Likewise, students at Brigham Young Univ...