Essay about What Determines Culture? Discuss and Use Examples.

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What determines culture? Discuss and use examples.
Culture is the way of thinking and doing things that are passed on from one generation to another such as language, norms and values of society. It is the total pattern of human behavior which creates human beings and human societies. Culture is cumulative, by slow accumulation over many generations; culture is the product of human societies and of the individuals who compose them. Culture holds society together. It is the way of life that people in a society follow, which includes capabilities acquired by a human being as a member of society.
Every culture is shared by a group of people. Depending on the region they live in, the climatic conditions they thrive in and their historical
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In Western Societies and in appropriate settings, such as while sun tanning, or breastfeeding, the exposure of women's breasts is not, of itself, normally regarded as indecent exposure. In Japan, public baths are very common. Bathing nude with family members or friends of the same gender in public bath houses is popular.
Different cultures also bring traditional food customs, such as eating cats in Hong Kong, rats in Thailand and snakes in Vietnam. In European countries these are seen as bizarre. In Malta, snails and rabbits are considered as traditional food, whereas rabbits in the UK are considered as pets. The role of food in cultural practices and religious beliefs is complex and varies among individuals and communities. In Islam, pork and alcohol is prohibited and all other food has to be Halal, whilst people who practice the Hindu religion do not eat meat from animals or any food that has involved the taking of life. They also avoid foods that may have caused pain to animals during manufacture. Buddhism proposes that violence or pain inflicted on others will rebound on you, hence the need for a vegetarian lifestyle. Some Buddhists believe that a contributing cause of human aggression is violence against animals. In Judaism, the consumption of certain foods, including dairy

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