Final Essay

2496 words - 10 pages

Question #1
For this question I had to create a list of similarities between the forgers and the industrial societies and what would make them good candidates for the economical and survival benefit of the nuclear family structure. But before I get into that let me begin by explaining what the nuclear family is, in the class lecture it talks about how it’s an evolutionary adaptation to ensure protection of one’s immediate family, it also allows for quick movement and adaptation to new environments/situations. For the foraging community nuclear families serve them best when they are experiencing a shortage of food or other resources, it helps them take care of just their families because ...view middle of the document...

Question #4
Across the world homosexuality is an ever present conversation, whether in Russia where it is outlawed or in the USA where it has become a movement for renewed equality. it seems to me that many nation across the world don’t really know how to address this issue some pretend that it doesn’t exist other fear it and reject it like some kind of cancer, and then there are those trying to find out the “origins” of homosexuality and make claims that other nations brought it to them and that before they were invaded by this other nation/culture they never had homosexuality. Here in the United States many people feel as though sexual orientation is a fixed and unchanging concept but according to the text the two groups Azande and Etoro have a different concept of homosexuality and its role in men, for the Azande a man will take a boy husband in order to train him to be a warrior, but first the boy between 12-20 years of age must perform household chores like that of a woman and when the time finally comes and the boy is initiated into the warrior status he then will take his own boy bride, so that the training ritual may continue. One the boy retires form the warrior status he will take a wife and bare children. the Etoro tribe has an even more complex idea about homosexuality, in this tribe semen is limited and is connected to the life force of males and it is said that what we have is all we will ever have, so male-female sex is not something that should be done often and is only for reproduction it is even something that must be done away from the tribe because it is a dirty act, but as for male-male sexual deeds it is a necessity, the tribe believes that in order for boys to become men they much swallow the semen of other men and this is done in large groups as a ceremony where group of adult men will have the young men swallow their semen and help them gain adult hood but if anyone were to grow to fast it would be seen as a form of witch craft because that boy would have had to consume numerous amounts of semen and suck the life force from other boys in order to so. So these two tribes see homosexuality as a necessity for boys to become men and then eventually marry women to help keep the population of the tribe up.
Question #5
Throughout all culture there can be found superstitious taboos and norms. like the example of knocking on wood to prevent unwanted outcomes. Many have become so engrained in our society that we do them without thinking and use them in our day to day language. one example of this would be opening an umbrella inside a house/ building, kids today only know that they are not to do so and some adults that I know are quick to jump on the case of anyone who does this, the superstition is meant to keep bad luck out of the house and many people see it as just a norm and a courtesy but they do understand that there is a since of negativity around that behavior. Another superstition that more women than men use is...

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