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    The Lottery: Scapegoating and Maintaining Homogeneousness How a person becomes pauperized by society and customs, this is the example given by Shirley Jackson. The title “The Lottery” gives you some signs of winning, but how a whole story executes and takes place is shocking. Shocking in the sense, it shouldn’t have a meaning to win the lottery. This story takes place due to false belief and tradition. Most of the nearby villages have already retarded this tradition. The main question is why…

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    Native American Pow-wow Pow-wow is the traditional dance in which the Native American people dress traditional, colorful clothes. They dance and sing in a circle around the drum for celebrating fellowship, renewal and healing. Today we can hear the beat of the drum resound in Oklahoma. Pow-wow is from Indian Territory, Native Americans, and tribal groups. Pow-wow is Indian gathering of many tribes and intertribal blend of the old and the new. In the Pow-wow a non-Indian might see the power and…

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    hints at the ubiquity of seeing the world and its creatures and objects through the lens of sacrifice, as a necessity to the forward propulsion of time within the 52-year cycle. But this deer is not undergoing sacrifice, so much as indicating the ritual, and temporal, significance of sacrifice, as its body is covered in all twenty day signs, which are linked to the 260-day ceremonial calendar (“tonalpohualli”), rather than the 365-day solar one. These also indicate the ubiquity of sacrifice,…

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    Dancing, as defined by the Oxford Dictionary, is the act to move rhythmically to music, typically following a set sequence of steps. It is undeniable that the definition of dance is much more abundant than just one’s intrinsic body movement. People devote a lot of time to choreograph complex actions, of which require intensive training; to put in affecting emotions, of which require deep thinking; and to put inspiring moods, of which require precise depiction. In fact, dance is probably the most…

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    the map. These seasons can be predicted by following previous years and looking at the months that are on the calendar. In the past people have performed different rituals according to the season but nowadays people are more likely to think of a holiday and celebrate that rather than the season itself. However there are still many rituals that are performed in the lives of individuals that do not correlate with the seasons. When people think of winter most of them associate it with Christmas…

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    Yahweh

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    Throughout the history of the Judeans, many groups have claimed to be the “true” followers of Yahweh. There is much debate as to who is right in these claims, and this debate has caused animosity and conflict. The main groups who try to justify themselves are those who were exiled and returned, the Samaritans, those whose ancestors were not exiled, and the Elephantine Colony. According to the Deuteronomic theory (Lecture 2), the people: could only worship Yahweh, could only worship Him in…

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    Anthesteria is the festivals in honour of Dionysus, the God of wine. Anthesteria is held each year for three days in the month of Anthesterion (February–March) celebrating the beginning of spring and the maturing of the wine stored from previous years. On the first day of the festival (Pithoigia, or “Jar Opening”) tributes were offered to Dionysus from the newly opened wine. The second day (Choes, or “Wine Jugs”) was a time of popular merrymaking typified by wine-drinking contests in which even…

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    Warrior Culture

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    Around the world, various cultures perform rituals at monumental stages of one's life. Numerous occasions such as marriages and birthdays are ritualized and have distinct celebratory traditions that are unique to specific cultures and groups. In particular, the transformation of a person from an ordinary citizen to a warrior, has many unique and diverse celebrations and responses. Cultures around the world acknowledge this transformation through celebratory traditions often including dancing,…

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    Jolene Prince is a pipe carrier for a sweat lodge, she helps run the ceremonies for a sweat lodge. The ceremonies of the sweat lodge include rites of preparation, prayer, and purification. Many Aboriginal people claim it as an important spiritual tradition, widely shared and important for their aboriginal identity. The sweat lodge plays a very significant role in the lives of Aboriginal communities in their efforts to bring about personal and social healing, having participants emerge from the…

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    Funeral customs, rites, and culture are the methods and ceremonies used in our societies in the disposing of the bodies of the dead people. The communities around the world have always had a reverence for the dead. Each tradition has its own ways doing funerals like some keep their way of dressing or viewing the body. Undoubtedly, there are similarities of funeral customs, rites, and cultures between my country Tanzania and the information I learned from Rebecca Romanosky, our tour guide. The…

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