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The Elements of a Successful Civilization
The success of a civilization depends on the ability of the people to survive, and to thrive, which depends on an agricultural base which maintains a healthy surplus. The ‘luck’ of geography depends on fertile land, mountains which can ensure defense capacity, rivers for trade, and storage in which to maintain agricultural...
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A Review of Exposing Prejudice: Puerto Rican Experiences of Language, Race, and Class by Bonnie Urciuoli
A Review of Urciuoli’s Exposing Prejudice Exposing Prejudice: Puerto Rican Experiences of Language, Race, and Class (1996) by Bonnie Urciuoli examines the relationship between class, race, and language as they relate to prejudice and exclusion of the Puerto Rican working-class in New York. Bonnie Urciuoli is a professor in...
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The Mystery of the Little People in the Indonesian Island
In 2004, there has been a new discovery on an Indonesian island of
Flores. There has been many speculations and findings on this new discovery
of "little people" living on this island. Scholars have made claims about
this discovery and has deemed them true or are uncertain of them. One claim that scholars thought that...
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A Comparison of the Common Beliefs in American Culture and Iranian Culture
Every adult was at one time a child, and every child was raised by one or more people who had their own beliefs about child rearing. In this way, beliefs and traditions are passed down generation to generation, and either accepted or modified based on the generation’s experiences, as well as changes in cultural beliefs thro...
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Understanding the Concepts of Ethnocentrism and Cultural Relativism
Ethnocentrism and Cultural Relativism `Ethnocentrism is the principle of using our own culture as the standard by which we evaluate other groups or individuals, resulting in viewing other cultures as abnormal since they are different from our “perfect” culture. Ethnocentrism could be a major block that impedes us from unde...
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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....
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An Analysis of Geography in Guns, Germs and Steel, a Transdisciplinary Non-Fiction Book by Jared Diamond
Turning on the television, one will see news reports of starving, dying children in one nation juxtaposed next to millionaires in another. Everywhere people are exploited, abused, neglected, and taken advantage of. Everywhere there is inequality; however, some nations are historically more unequal than others. Some countrie...
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An Analysis of the Culture of Italian-Americans in New York
Beginning in the late 1800s, Italians migrated to the United States to make a better life for themselves. They traveled in groups and established a community at their destinations. The majority settled in New York City. Once they established a living spot, Italian markets sprung up. The first Italian-Americans remained loya...
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An Overview of the Folklore of the Guadalupe Mountains
The Guadalupe Mountain Folklore The Guadalupe Mountain has stood as a messenger; a bridge between humans and mother earth for countless centuries. The Guadalupe Mountain has stood in the middle, of what is now known as, west Texas and southeastern New Mexico. It has been a home to many different cultures for over 10,000...
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A Look into the Mongols Civilization
The Mongols, whom many referred to as the Tartars, and their leader Genghis (or Chingis, or Jinghiz) Khan have proved to be a fascinating and mysterious civilization with an empire that had expanded further than the world had ever seen. Especially during their reign, Europeans took particular interest in discovering the rea...
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An Analysis of the Mummy Mask and the Portrait Statue of Pharaoh Amenhotep II at the Dallas Museum of Art and Kimbell Museum in Fort Worth
Archaeology While I was in intermediate school, I was given the opportunity to perform the part of the goddess Isis of Egypt in my sixth grade play, and I have been fascinated with ancient Egyptian culture ever since. Over the years I have gathered random snippets of general knowledge on subject that proved to be of consid...
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A Review of Witchcraft Practices and Belief of the Azande People
Witchcraft and its Reasonability to Believe A Cultures Values Even If There Is No Rational Evidence? The Notion of Witchcraft Explains Unfortunate Events by E. E. Evans-Pritchard is a specific chapter, which consisted of information regarding the Azande people whom are an ethnic group in Sudan Central Africa, also known as...
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The Search for Order in Ancient Europe
The Widespread Search for Order There was a widespread ‘search for order’ following a series of violent religious wars throughout Europe and several other countries. One of the initial and most simplistic resolutions of these problems was the idea of Absolutism and the divine right of kings. Absolutism, according to the Me...
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The Characteristics of Ancient Empires on the Examples of the Olmec and the Chimu Empires
How can an empire be identified if it no longer exists? The first step is to define what an empire is, in order to know exactly what to look for. Simply stated an empire is “a collection of states or countries under a central authority” though it can have many more specific features. Some of these concepts can be architectu...
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An Analysis of an Article on the Culture of the Nacirema, the Citizens of the United States of America
The article describes the culture of the Nacirema as being “…very poorly understood” (par 2) and that their cultural significance has only recently come into light. On a daily basis they follow precise and specific rituals that they have created. But, through the mentions of rudimentary terms like “medicine men” and “ magic...
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A History of the Iroquois Confederacy
For hundreds of years the people of the Iroquois Confederacy, also known as the Iroquois League, the Haudensoaunee to members of the Confederacy, or more commonly the Six Nations, have prided themselves on being a sovereign nation with their own constitution, beliefs, and way of life. Consisting of five Native American tri...
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The Concept of Love in Different Cultures
It is pretty universal the act of wanting a long-term companion. People used to strive to find “their person” and start a family, however this contemporary society has now focused on slowing down the process and adding new features. People now date, exclusively and non-exclusively, they marry/then divorce, they have childre...
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A Review of The Spell of the Sensuous, a Book by David Abram
The Body’s Silent Conversation with Things In The Spell of the Sensuous, David Abram, a magician and anthropologist who traveled to Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and Nepal in the search of a deeper understanding of magic in other cultures, shares his story and insights on what it means to be human and a part of nature. He share...
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A Study of Greek and Egyptian Artifacts in the Kimbell Museum
While I was in intermediate school, I was given the opportunity to perform the part of the goddess Isis of Egypt in my sixth grade play, and I have been fascinated with ancient Egyptian culture ever since. Over the years I have gathered random snippets of general knowledge on subject that proved to be of considerable use fo...
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A Report on Untitled Number 8, an Anthropomorphic Ceramic Vessel by Magdalene Odundo
Magdalene Odundo Ceramic Vessel Magdalene Odundo is a potter who was born in Kenya in 1950. Odundo studied in India and England but picked up the majority of her techniques through studying the way indigenous women made ceramics in Kenya and Nigeria. The piece that will be discussed in this paper is untitled number 8. This...
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A Comparison between Dr. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross' Stage Theory of Mourning and Mourning Rituals in the Hindu and Buddhist Cultures
“Mourning occurs in response to an individuals’ own terminal illness, the loss of a close relationship, or the death of a valued being, human, or animal,” (Axelrod, 2016). Mourning is the outward expression of grief, or deep sorrow. Grief can cause a cacophony of things to happen such as, high cortisol levels, disrupted sle...
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The Traditions of Arranged Marriages in South Asian Countries
In Westernized societies, physical attraction usually plays a large part in who we initially decide to date and will eventually marry. These chosen marriages are known internationally as ‘Love Marriages’. Arranged marriages - which are in part based on the assumption that young people will just seek pleasure instead of look...
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The Use of the Reciprocity System in Society
Reciprocity is the term coined for the act of mutual trading among
individuals of the same social status, whether they be related by marriage,
blood, or have similar personal relations. It is most common in what are
known as egalitarian societies, or societies that promote equality in terms
of wealth among all individuals....
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Dumond's Definition and Defense of Norton Tradition
Broadly, Norton tradition is defined and defended by Dumond (2000:1) as interrelating the Choris, Norton, and the Ipiutak cultures. Dumond defends that there may be no single, unitary origin for the three cultures, and therefore for the later Eskimo culture that ranges across the American Arctic to the northeastern-most poi...
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From Band to State: The Transition from Feudalism to Early Capitalism According to Jared Diamond and E. K. Hunt
From Band to State:
The Transition from Feudalism to Early Capitalism It takes just a simple observation of modern society to note that most societies are stratified. Still, there persists the ruling classes that govern society and the lower classes that toil. Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond and Property and Proph...
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