The Gods Must Be Crazy By Richard D. Bucher Essay

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“The Gods Must Be Crazy” is a 1980s South African comedy classic . The protagonist, a traveling bushman, encounters a modern civilian for the first time. The movie became an international hit. The bushman character was based off of the !Kung peoples of South Africa, a hunter-gatherer society (IMDb, 2016). With this however, the movie displayed many stereotypes, which is defined by Richard D. Bucher as, “…an unverified and oversimplified generalization about an entire group of people (Bucher, 2000). So in the interest of dispelling some of these stereotypes, we will examine the !Kung peoples thought their early history, language, beliefs, social structure and hierarchy, gender roles, and recent history. The !Kung are a San people that live in the Kalahari Desert in Namibia, Botswana, and in Angola. They are often times just referred to as Bushmen, which is an umbrella term that covers all of the different societies within the San people. The Bushmen are to believed to have always lived in there area they do today. In fact, in 2012, BBC News reported that the “earliest evidence of modern human culture” was discovered in a South African cave, and is believed to be 44,000 years old (Crumpton, 2012). The article goes on to explain that the artifacts found were very identical to tools that Bushmen in South America use today (2012). The !Kung had to (and still today) survive pretty harsh climates. The temperature in the summer in the Kalahari can reach above 40 degrees Celsius…

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