As soon as the Harfoots first appear in the show The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, we are given a great deal of insight into their culture. We…
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The sophistication and skill of Bushmen hunters is, I had thought, fairly well known to many educated WEIRDos. In his book The Demon-Haunted World…
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This post recounts events described in the book The Harmless People (1958, 1989) by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas. Among the Bushmen of Nyae Nyae in Namibia…
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We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be—Kurt Vonnegut, Mother Night, 1961. Minkiol was the most despised and…
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For the Yolngu of Central Australia, illness was often thought to be caused by a harmful object lodged within the body. Treatment involved a medicine…
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During the annual Okipa ceremony among the Mandan of the Great Plains of North America, in a display of his devotion to the Great Spirit, a young man…
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Should any man, Halimink warned me gravely, confide to a woman or an uninitiated lad anything of what went on in the Hain [men’s lodge], both he and the…
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There is an event recounted in the book Naven (1936) by Gregory Bateson, on the Iatmul fisher-foragers of New Guinea, that I have not been able to get…
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Research over the last few years has demonstrated some important patterns of music use across societies. Music appears to be universal across cultures…
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One of the most important insights about people is that they can form social relationships with almost anything. Animals, the deceased, spirits, Gods…
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With the tying off and cutting of the umbilical cord the relations with the uterus and placenta are ended and the newborn infant is for the first time…
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After a child is born among the Kalinago of the West Indies, the mother is quick to get back to regular household work. For the father, however, the…
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