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Comparing Different Cultures 1Culture Comparison: Indians vs West AfricansAnna LetscherArgosy University
Comparing Different Cultures 2IntroductionThere are many cultures in today’s world: African, Korean, Chinese, Indian, Japanese, as well as Native American. Each culture has its own rules, standards, and way of life. The differences in cultures are sometimes easy to miss, while other times they are glaringly obvious.Some cultures may share similarities in some aspects of their societies, while differing in other aspects. Domestic life and kinship may be the same in some of the societies, while the economyand religion may be very different. The two cultures that will be discussed are the Indian and the Ethiopian. There is a growing relationship between India and Africa, who are considered to have a shared destiny and intertwined cultures. The cultures share many similarities in respect to their use of religious and social symbols to protect their environments and bio systems. Despite these similarities, the cultures, and societies are quite different. This paper aims to bring to light the differences in domestic life and kindship between the Indian society and Ehtiopian society. This information in regards to differences and similarities between cultures is important for anthropology as it allows is to learn, and grow. Knowledge of other societies allows for personal as well as cultural growth. When societies learn about each other, it allows for them to get a better understanding of other cultures, as well as incorporate aspects from other societies into their own. People, cultures, and societies change and grow by learning about each other. This knowledge allows people, cultures and societies to examine their own lives and make the changes they see fit. Anthropological comparisons are how people and societies continue to change with the times.
Comparing Different Cultures 3First let’s take a look at Indian society and culture. Indian society is a primarily agricultural. “This society has a hierarchy of endogamous, birth-ascribed groups, each of which traditionally is characterized by one distinctive occupation and had its own level of social status”(). Individuals cannot change the caste they belong to, which means each and every entire family belongs to their specific caste for eternity. Each caste has developed its own subculture, which gets handed down the generations. Although the caste groups are mostly consistent of Hindus, they can be seen in other religious communities as well.Each village can have twenty to thirty castes. “Hierarchy plays an important role within families and kinship groupings also, where men outrank women of similar age, and senior relatives outrank junior relatives. Formal respect is accorded to family members” (Asia Society).