Cultural Syncretism

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Cultural Syncretism

Cultural Syncretism Christina Doty
Alexis Garrett
American InterContinental University Online
HUMA215-1205B-07 Topics in Cultural Studies
Erin Pappas
January 27, 2013

Abstract
The legacies of cultural syncretism in Africa, and the Americas have been compared and contrasted with the resistance to cultural change Westerners encounter in China and India. The cultural factors that caused these different outcomes are discussed. This discussion is followed by the legacies that the differences in types of encounters and degrees of cultural change that are left today. Next the differences in the Americas regarding modern culture had syncretism not occurred are listed. Finally the differences in China or India are
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These nation’s cultures were strong maybe even stronger than that of the Westerns, because of their deep routed history and their unity.
In China in particular the nation had just taken back their country from the rule of the Mongols. The Chinese despised foreign rule and made every effort possible in an attempt to avoid the same situation in the future. The new ruler of China order that the Great Wall of China be built and created a large army as well as a navy to ward off invaders by land and sea (Sayre, 2010). This created a strong military that would have also been able to fight off the Western invaders should they have gotten too close or the Chinese felt threatened by them.

Cultural Factors
There are several factors regarding cultural differences between West Africa, the Americas, China, and India that played a role in cultural syncretism. This is especially true of the Americas and Africa, which was resisted by the population of Asia and India from the arrival of the Europeans (Sayre, 2009). All of these factors hold important cultural beliefs that were inherited. The Chinese held their own superiority of inheritance while resisting the influences of the Mongolians, and during this time the Chinese would have rather been isolated than pursue any influences.
Rituals that were performed in West Africa were the heart of their culture and this is why there is a difference between the Westerner and non-Westerners…