Representation Of Gender Through Civilization

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Throughout human history, civilisations have been influenced by the representations of aspects of the world around them, from the ancient sagas and oral traditions to the establishment of religious doctrine and canonical law. As the mindsets of societies evolve over the centuries, several issues remained until the last few centuries. The inequity of gender across Civilisations globally and the homogenous societies and dehumanisation over other ethnicities. As these matters were prevalent during the twentieth century resulting in the change of national values, primarily within the Western World, one must examine the importance of representation. Analysing the usage of myths and its influence on cultures, shaping values within societies to studying …show more content…
These actions can be evidenced by Greek philosophers and historians describing groups that were not from Hellenistic Cultures as “barbaros” (βάρβαρος) or known in English as barbarian. Referring in Western history from the Greek and Roman perspectives as the Celts, Germanics, Thracians, and Iberians. As today the term barbarian represents a group of people not part of any great civilisation, our interpretation of such cultures is tarnished by this representation from ancient sources. The process of representation of ethnic groups as inferior throughout history provided a primary justification for slavery in the majority of cultures. Even onto the Christian Bible with its statement on slavery, “Slaves, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ. ” As this form of mindset became established within Christian culture, with Christianity firmly rooted within the mindset of Western Civilisation, the result are historical documents on Europe primarily from a Christian perspective. An example on how the popular beliefs of some individuals originated from Christian perspectives, would be Attila and the Hunnic People, as the only sources of the Huns come from outsiders perspectives. Jordanes the Goth writes them as “Scarcely Human, a savage race… they have the cruelty of wild beasts”. As a result, these people are predominantly negatively portrayed within popular culture, providing evidence for ancient texts shaping our understanding of past

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