Eating Christmas in the Kalahari Abstract Richard Borshay Lee was a social anthropologist that had lived with and studied the southern Tswa. In “Eating Christmas in the Kalahari” Richard Borshay Lee introduces us to some ethnographic techniques he used. He decides to take part in. The article “Eating Christmas in Kalahari” by Richard Borshay Lee, foretells a classic example of cross culture misunderstanding when people.
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Culture is the way a people make sense of the world and their lives. It is the adoption of traditions that have traveled through time and the revising of some of those traditions in order to accomplish personal life goals.
Eating Christmas in the Kalahari
Culture is an unwritten understanding or code of social behavior. Culture is the influence of a person’s social environment. It is observing your surroundings richagd unconsciously following the ways of life daily tasks, rituals, etc. As a symbol of gratitude, Lee bought the Kalahari their traditional Christmas ox. When Lee told one of the natives, Ben!
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She and her other tribe members referred to the ox that Lee purchased as a “bag of bones” or “thin to the point of death”. They all claimed brshay the ox would not be able to satisfy the crowd and that the ceremony was ruined because people would fight over unequal distribution. However, Lee consequently felt guilty and confused because how could ridhard a big ox be of such small value?
Eventually, Lee realized that the Kalahari were only joking about the ox being to small and thin to feed the tribe. He asked Hakekgose, a Tswana tribe member who married a! Kung girl, about the motives behind the joke to which he replied, ” The cultural values and behaviors of the!
Kung clashed with those of anthropologist Richard Borshay Lee because the! Kung believe that man needs to be humble and not boisterous in their own achievements. Lee grew up with the expectation that when a person does something nice for others, they get appreciation and graciousness in return.
A bewildered Richard Lee asked, “But They see one man bringing back a good kill as an opportunity for him to think of himself as a superior to his tribe. Tomazo explains this to Lee accordingly, “Yes, when a young man kills much meat he comes to think of himself as a chief or big man, and he thinks of the rest of us as his servants or inferiors It chdistmas your job to observe and understand the culture you put time into learning about.
So this statement is a warning that even after three years- which is a pretty long time- you will not eatin a full and perfect understanding of another culture.
Also, it is impossible to fully comprehend and memorize all the customs and values of a culture if you did not grow up unconsciously learning that specific way of life.
Richard Borshay Lee. “Eating Christmas in the Kalahari”
Lee handled his “power” and his understanding of it with an awareness and thoughtfulness. He knew that people both vexed and grateful for him being around. He was the only guy for a far distance who had useful and helpful resources. He acknowledged, ” I was the only source of tobacco in a thousand square miles and I was not incapable of cutting an individual off for non-cooperation Lee concludes, “In short I was a perfect target for the charge of arrogance and for the Bushmen tactic of enforcing humility I had been taught an object lesson by the Bushmen There are no totally generous acts.
All ‘acts’ have an element of calculation. Power is nonexistent in the Kalahari tribes because they don’t allow it to run their lives. Posted by Kristina’s Field Notes at