Final Project: Regional Cultures of Africa My goal is to understand the culture of the Zulu people, and how those cultural tendencies could help or inhibit the fight against HIV/AIDS. From an anthropological standpoint, how does their culture facilitate and or hinder their view and understanding of the disease? Questions to Consider: • What are the hierarchies within this culture? • How does the role and value placed on women facilitate HIV spreading? • The role and value of men? (same context) • Is conventional medicine even a viable option in the fight against AIDS? • What is their view on aid coming white people, and how could that view slow down distribution of modern medicine? Especially in South Africa where race relations since apartheid are incredibly strained. • How does the role of traditional healers (sometimes referred to as witch doctors) in villages influence people’s view on the disease? Are they under pressure to follow their advice? What are the possible consequences of not seeing a
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