Differences in Cultures Essay

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Differences in Cultures Cultures are a complicated characteristic to understand. Living in the United States all of my life I never truly understood other cultures. When I would see people from other cultures come into my work or see them at school I thought they were bizarre. Last summer I went overseas to England, Ireland, and Wales. There I observed that the customs overseas are very different. One facet I noticed was their alcohol consumption. In the United States the law says you have to be twenty one or older to consume alcohol. In Europe the legal drinking age is suppose to be eighteen, but I found that as long as you have money and can see over the bar you are able to purchase alcohol. I assumed that since they are able…show more content…
This course has taught me about other cultures by showing me our differences and similarities. One of the cultural differences I find the most interesting is marriage. In the United States, the most common type of marriage is monogamy. I was taught that monogamy was the only true marriage and that marriage was done out of the love two people have for each other. In taking this course, I found out that marriage is different in many cultures. Other types of marriages I have been educated in are: Polygamy, Levirate, Sororate, Women marrying Women, and Women marrying Ghost. I have learned some of the attractive and unattractive aspects of these types of marriages. For instance, Polygamy. Polygyny is supported in the Kapauku of western New Guinea and a culture that supports Polyandry is the eastern Inuit. Some people feel that polygamy would be ideal for the United States. The attraction aspect behind this is that it would cause the spouses not to have to work as long or as much. It would also assure that the families would have an ample amount of income due to having more than just two people supplying the income. An unappealing aspect is that the women or men, depending on whether it was Polygyny or Polyandry, could become jealous of each other. Another unappealing aspect is that a man or women must be wealthy in order to be able to afford polygamy, something most people in the United States are not. Prior to taking this class, I
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