The Cultural Acceptance Of Albino Hunting Essay

1403 Words Oct 9th, 2016 6 Pages
1.) Summary:
The article presented, exposes the cultural acceptance of albino hunting throughout Africa based on specific examples in the country of Tanzania. Albinism is a hereditary condition that affects one in every 1400 people in Tanzania, (versus one in 20,000 people in North America) due to isolated rural communities, and the close genetic lines that this seclusion produces. Albinos completely lack pigmentation – the natural chemical that gives tissue its colour – in their skin, hair, and even eyes, to produce an extremely pale complexion. This colouration stands in stark contrast to the darker tones of the majority of the population, to perpetuate a state of “otherness” that allows for a de-sensitivity towards hunts. Albino hunts exist due to a variety of reasons based on economic, and spiritual foundations. For instance, albino “parts” sell within Africa for extensive profits anywhere from thousands of dollars American for limbs, to $75,000 for an entire corpse, or “set.” With Tanzania as one of the 25th poorest countries, these potential “earnings” act as a lure, since they represent three times the average minimum wage of the country. Moreover, in Tanzanian culture, albinos, are seen as cursed, or “ghosts,” based in the differences of their appearance, and through their removal by hunting, the areas where they resided are subsequently purified. Likewise, it is believed that the possession of albino body parts will bring the possessor luck, power, happiness, and…

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