Hum 204 Cultural diversities

Choose ONE primary tradition or celebration in its own setting (The Inti Raymi festival (Sun Festival) – Peru) representing a culture different from your own country of origin that you experience (either in person or online). After experiencing it and learning more about it, identify and compare TWO secondary cultural traditions serving a similar purpose in other cultures, only ONE of the secondary traditions may be from your own country of origin. To reiterate, you will have one primary cultural event and two comparison/contrast events, all three from different places around the world.Overall, remember to watch, listen, observe, learn, compare, contrast, and research! Use 1st person in your paper, describe what you experience.Here are some questions to keep in mind:

Questions for primary cultural event:

What is the cultural event you experienced? Did you attend in person or watch it online?

What did you hear and see? What stood out to you while experiencing this event?

What was your initial impression of the culture when you experienced this event?

What did you learn about the event through research? Consider current practices and historical relevance.

Has there been outside influence on the cultural event?

Is the event being practiced the same now as it has been historically? Elaborate and exemplify.

Questions for secondary cultural events:

Be sure you have chosen two cultural events that serve a similar purpose to your primary cultural event in other parts of the world. (If your primary event is a festival of cultural history, your two secondary events should be festivals of cultural history as well. For example, you do not want to look for Viking Festivals in two additional places around the world. You want to look for festivals celebrating cultural identity in two other places in the world.)

What two other cultural events did you choose?

What is their country of origin? (Remember, one can be from your own country of origin, but the other must be from another part of the world.)

What purpose do two cultural events serve, and why is this similar to your primary cultural event?

How are they similar or different from your primary cultural event? (Consider food, music, dancing, singing, decorations, or dress.)

Wrap-up Questions:

Did you find any evidence of cultural influence, inspiration, or sharing across your chosen cultures?

What do your chosen cultures have in common? (Think about basic beliefs and behaviors of the people.)

Why do you think cultures around the world practice similar events and share common beliefs, and what does this say about human beings and culture, based on what you have learned this term?

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