Journal #6 - regardless of their youthful age Girls help to...

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Krissy Bentley Journal #6 “The Mission” This movie really captured the essence of the Guarani people. I love looking at indigenous peoples and their cultures, but those in South America and Africa interest me most. This is basically what I took from the movie. Theirs is a patriarchal society, but there is also a sense of equality within the culture. The women’s main role is to support the husband and raise the children, and the males are there to provide and protect the family. The men are also in charge of allowing or turning away visitors, so the rite of passage into their society is only admissible if a man invites them, particularly the king. Manhood is also a big portion of cultural acceptance among the Guarani. Young boys learn how to hunt from an early age. They are expected to help protect if able to carry arms,
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Unformatted text preview: regardless of their youthful age. Girls help to care for the young as soon as they are able as well. Family life and the various rules that go along with it are crucial to survival. Families are allowed one child. Punishment is given if a second is born, but if a third is born, it is immediately killed. Many people see this as a brutal, inhuman practice, however, as explained in the movie, it is a means to survival. When the Guarani travel, oftentimes quickly to escape capture, they can only carry one child. As well as the rules, however, the family life itself is important to them. Family ties truly bind the communities together, and the labor that each member gives to the community shapes the society and keeps it running. I really liked this movie- it exposed me to a completely different culture....
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