Cultural Change In Trobriand Cricket

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Cultural Change
When we talk about culture we are talking about what in man is learned. This can include many different aspects. Its span can go from music to food to religion. The methods that are employed to transmute these learned skills or traits can also be considered culture. The one definite is that if it is not biologically inherited it is somehow learned. The reasons for cultural changes can be singular or multifaceted. Something like a prolonged drought can change farming patterns or a challenge by a president and the realization that other counties are technologically advance can be the impetus for a country to embrace science and math.
Before we continue the forces of cultural change need to be briefly gone over. These
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In the film “Trobriand Cricket” we see how the game has been modified to fit their culture. Even though the basics of the game remain there have been many adaptions that I would be curious to know if a staunch fan of traditional cricket would recognize the game. The modifications included the number of players allowed, chanting and dancing, the throwing style and changing the bats and the balls. When the British banned war on the Island the Christian missionaries replaced the warring with the game of cricket. The Trobriand people began modifying the game to incorporate some of their war practices. So now they allowed for numerous more people to play but they had to fit the traditional war formations. The dancing and chanting was also an adaption from their warring traditions. Of particular interest is that the games have political undertones. With people using them as a symbol of their wealth and importance since they essentially sponsor the …show more content…
The designers of this change did not take into account how religion and the Hindu priest not only served a spiritual purpose but also served an agricultural purpose by managing the water flow. To the Bali people the priest were entrusted to manage and share the gift of water which was conveyed to them by a goddess. These priest beliefs and practical actions were so intertwined that there was no discernable distinction between religion and every day function. The irrigation of the rice patties is so essential for the Bali people that many played a part in the grand scheme by helping manage the fields. The management of water was so precise that even flooding of fields were planed out. When the new techniques were used they ended up bringing new insects and disease wherever the new techniques were utilized. With the new types of insects they now also had to bring in pesticides to combat the pest. All this culminated in the soil losing much of its health and this in turn impacted the harvesting of the rice. The Green Revolution could have greatly increased their chance of success if they had understood cultural relativity. Instead of trying to apply improvements that did not fit within the Bali structure they would have been more successful if they had respected Bali’s religious culture and only then attempt change utilizing the

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