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Anth 111: Comparative Cultures Fall 2007 Ethnographic outline and framework for comparison Note: your ethnography may not have information on all these categories, do the best you can. I. Background A. Remotely Global: Village Modernity in West Africa B. Charles Piot C. 1999 II. Methods A. H OW LONG IN THE FIELD , HOW MANY TRIPS ? B. W HAT METHODS DID THE ANTHROPOLOGIST USE ? C. K INDS OF INFORMATION COLLECTED . III. Cultural Categories A. K INDS OF BEINGS IN THE WORLD 1. Kabre believe, in a way, that infants are supernatural. They believe that when children are born, they are not just beginning their life, but rather that they already have a whole history (77). Kabre ancestors can be portrayed as supernatural too. The Kabre return to the north to sacrifice to ancestors and spirits (105). a. It is thought that parent’s must get to know their infant. They try to please and understand the infant’s likes so that the child will decide to stay in this world. Parents direct a lot of attention to infants to discover the past history and what motives the child has in this world (77). 2. Children are considered androgynous. When a child is born, the Kabre do recognize the sex of the child, but specific genders are not enforced when children are young. Some foods are considered “male foods” while some are considered “female foods”. When children are younger, they may eat either type, but as they get older, certain foods will become unacceptable, socially, for them to consume. Girls, often eat dog meat, which is the most male of foods; and often boys will fetch water for their mothers, which is a
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