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Cultural Anthro week 4 of notes

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Cultural Anthro week 4 of notes anth 207

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Date Created: 02/29/16
2/25/15                                               The Masai ▪ With male circumcision, it can prove that they can be strong enough and not  crying shows their toughness. Video: ▪ Women marry young and men do not marry until they have gone through warrior  hood.  ▪ A woman is happy when she marries because there is work to be done. Women  have to build their house for their children and husbands rotate from house to  house.  ▪ Women do not compete for attention from their husband because they all have  work to do since women do all of the work. ▪ Although a woman marries an older man, she doesn’t mind but when she does  that offends the husband and that leads to her being tied up and getting beaten.  Sacred: Laban = shaman (elder) ▪ Numerology  ▪ Blessings/Curses ▪ Healer ▪ Practice Rites of Passage – Initiation, Birth Ritual (surviving birth), Marriage,  Men become either a warrior or an elder. ▪ The liminal period is when you are between death and birth – their identities  change: Boyhood that leads to them becoming a warrior (spiritually dangerous)  and then reborn as an elder (17+ years of transition) Girlhood that leads to them  becoming a woman and then reborn as an adulthood wife (few days of transition)  ▪ They usually don’t kill their cows because of their value. They name their cows,  talks to them, and write poems about them. They will only kill their cows when  they get old or when it is a special occasion such as a rite of passage event. They  do sacrifices as well.  ▪ With religion, it is seen as transcendent and legitimizing. It can also be prophetic.  The Masai have prophets, which are similar to their Laban.  Political: the Elders make the decisions and the warriors. They use ridicules, coercive force. They have hierarchy but no one stands out. Economics: Pastoralism. Bride Wealth: what is given to the family of the women when asked for marriage. Negative Reciprocity. For the Midterm: Know the five different cultures. Main thing you need to do is to map out their kinship (leadership roles within their culture), economic patterns, political views, and their religion (what is sacred to them) for each culture.


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