anthro 3 - John Aliberti Anthropology 106 2-27-08 Homework...

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John Aliberti 2-27-08 Anthropology 106 Homework assignment # 3 Symbols are objects, characters, figures, sounds and colors used to represent abstract ideas and concepts. Once they are used to represent these ideas they become associated with that idea. For example in the field of medicine and healing, the white coat a doctor wears has now become just as recognizable if not more so than the doctor himself. Actually, without this white coat we ay not believe someone is indeed a doctor. At one time a doctor was recognized by his black leather bag and not by his white coat; however the white coat is now a fundamental symbol of a doctor. There are a few reasons why the coat is white, and not tie-dyed or poka-doted, or hot pink or something like that. The coat was originally made as to legitimatize seeing a doctor instead of staying home and dealing with the sickness yourself. Also, the color white is a universal symbol for healing, purity, and life. Moreover, this white coat does not just simply let us
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This note was uploaded on 05/03/2008 for the course ANTHRO anthro106 taught by Professor Harper during the Spring '08 term at UMass (Amherst).

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