Differences Between The European And North American Societies

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The two most paramount differences existent among the customs and lifestyles of the indigenous societies of North America and the societies found in Europe, are the influence of religion upon their lives and the role gender played in affecting their society.
One crucial difference among the European and North American societies, is the role religion played in shaping the customs and lifestyles within them. The varying differences among the religions of these societies affected the way they viewed themselves, which in turn influenced the manner in which they conducted their society. An example of this can be seen through the animistic based gods that the Native Americans worshipped. The elemental nature of their gods changed the way they viewed themselves and the land, inadvertently shaping their cultural standpoints. The viewpoints that Native Americans developed from their animistic religion, is the idea that the gods are around you in nature. This idea taught them to utilize the environment and it’s resources carefully and in a respectful manner. This affected many staples of their societies and can be seen in many places. Native Americans didn’t believe that they could own land as they too were a part of the land. When Europeans brought forth these ideas of land ownership, the Native Americans were appalled by this and many other ideas that the Europeans carried. Another environmental philosophy the Native Americans held was to make the most of their resources while…

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