notionsofwealth

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Heather Fackelman Due 10/6/08 Cultural Anthropology “A Poor Man Shames Us All” Notions of wealth differ from country to country, even town to town, sometimes. Three perspectives that show that vast difference are those of the Weyewa tribe of Sumba, the Gabra culture of Kenya, and, of course, our own cultural perspective. Taking an in-depth look at the notions of wealth of these other cultures truly brings to light what we, as a western culture, focus on as “important.” In the Weyewa tribe of Sumba, people focus on a debt of love as their purpose in life. They spend their days “lift[ing], cut[ting], and mov[ing] the stone.” This is all done to honor the father of some men in the tribe, to give him a proper burial. These people do not conceptualize wealth as having money or expensive things, but rather as being rich in “people, knowledge, favors, and in give and take.” These people freely offer themselves up to help their fellow tribe members, because in giving to others, they feel fulfilled and
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This note was uploaded on 04/22/2009 for the course ANTH 140 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at Montclair.

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