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Geertz “To entertain the idea that the diversity of custom across time and over space is not a mere matter of garb and appearance, of stage settings and comedic masques, is to entertain also the idea that humanity is as various in its essence as it is in its expression.” – pg. 36-37 A. not uniformitarian view of man – European enlightenment a. human nature continuous with laws of nature found through science b. you can figure out human behavior if given proper time c. everyone at the bottom is the same(underneath differences and customs) B. cannot draw line between what is natural in humans and what is “merely” cultural a. Ex. – Balinese Trance i. Hard to differentiate between ii. Is this culture or men that are made by culture 1. Bite off chickens heads 2. Speaking with tongues 3. Mimicking sexual intercourse C. Enlightenment theory implies that people are not unique or different a. Geertz argues that they are different i. Humans inextricable from customs, beliefs, etc ii.
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