Culture Comparisons Between the !Kung Culture and the Indian Culture

954 Words Dec 18th, 2012 4 Pages
Kenya Chappell
Professor Emily Dean
Anthropology 1010
Nov 3rd, 2012

Ethnographic Comparison
For this paper I chose along with the ethnography of !Nisa, to write about the Family, Marriage and Kinship ties of Indian culture specifically of the village of Ratakote as told in Conformity and Conflict. The first thing I noticed about both cultures was they practiced arranged marriages with their children preferably being young (the Indians explained that young age was best so their children wouldn’t start becoming sexually active and elope with someone else they fell in love with and break off the entire marriage they were in). Both cultures were very close to each other family-wise even if they weren’t related to each other. The !Kung
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Divorce is quite common in the !Kung culture. Since the bride is so young and the groom can be years older than her, first marriages don’t often last long despite the husband’s wanting to cooperate to his full extent as well as his patience. The parents are responsible for arranging first marriages and even second ones if the bride is young enough but once a woman is older, she can choose a husband for herself, hoping her parents agree. With divorce, the woman can ask for support from her family or she can just make life so unpleasant for the husband that he leaves.
Both of these cultures had many differences but they also had many similarities such as their close ties of kinship to Araks in the Indian’s case or villages for the !Kung culture. They also practiced arranged marriages though for the !Kung the first marriage is usually the only one arranged since the bride is so young. They both had symbolic rituals, though the Indian’s was more elaborate and intense. All in all, both cultures were distinct as one way of life and they had similarities showing that humans in other parts of the world aren’t so different after all whether they be in the African Continent or in the more modernized Indian
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