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An Example Of A Nonmaterial Culture In The United States

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Nonmaterial culture is defined as the aggregate of values, mores, norms, etc., of a society; the ideational structure of a culture that provides the values and meanings by which it functions. An example of this would be religion. Religion although a belief by many throughout the world is considered nonmaterial. This is someone that worships a God or Gods or even like the Indians believing in visions after smoking peyote. Is this truly something that would happen or just something that was believed to have happened because one of their elderly told them that he/she seen a vision. Does this come from the many stories that they were told as children and when they did smoke peyote they believed in it so much they thought they seen visions. This…show more content…
An example of this is that in the United States we find it alright to ask someone to come to us by pointing our finger and curling it toward us. In Japan they find it offensive to signal someone to come to them in this manner. Something as simple as a hug for which we do quite often in the US can be considered offensive in foreign countries. Weird right? Wow, I could get into a lot of trouble in countries like this because I am a hugger. When seeing friends out and about we tend to hug each other as a gesture of missing each other or love for one another. I never knew this because I have friends from these countries that would find it offensive, maybe they have become “Americanized”. Putting your hands in your pocket as many of us have done many, many, many times, this is found to be rude in several countries. I guess Alanis Morsette would be in trouble also (her song Hand in My Pocket HAHAHA). I can honestly say that I would also be considered rude because I have a bad habit of placing my hand or hands in my pocket. I have even been known to walk around with my hands in my pockets. So I guess I better stay away from places like Austria or the Netherlands. Next time you find yourself doing simple gestures such as these you may want to consider where you
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