Material And Non-Material Culture

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Culture as a general concept consists of both material and non-material culture. Material culture is a term developed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, that refers to the relationship between artifacts and social relations. In contrast, non-material culture does not include physical objects or artifacts. Examples include any ideas, beliefs, values, or norms that shape a society.
Material culture alludes to the physical articles, assets, and spaces that individuals use to characterize their way of life. These incorporate homes, neighborhoods, urban areas, schools, places of worship, synagogues, sanctuaries, mosques, workplaces, manufacturing plants and plants, instruments, methods for creation, merchandise and items, stores, et cetera. These physical parts of a culture help to characterize its individuals' practices
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The knowledge, beliefs, norms and rules that form a society and its peoples’ behavior can be considered as non-material culture. Each and every culture has its own belief system and they may believe in Gods and angels, heaven and hell and many other myths and legends. These are passed from one generation to another and they have helped to bring people together in a community also. Generally, the attitude and belief system in a community is created by the social institutions such as family, religion, government, education, etc. Non-material culture includes intangible things and these do not have a physical existence as material objects. However, the material things have a symbolic value related to the non-material things. For example, people have religious faith in their hearts and this is non-material culture. This faith can be symbolized by some physical objects such as statues or emblems. So, the non-material faith is embedded in the material object. The wedding ring has a material existence and it may reflect love, care and faith to each other between

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