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William Shenstone

In the following chapter, a suggestion made by anthropology is rejected after comparison with ‘traditional’ evidence: “In many primitive societies virtually all deaths, save those in advanced old age, are attributed to witchcraft or ancestral spirits or some similar phenomenon. But in England at this period men were fully accustomed to the possibility of accident […]

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Diffusion in Anthropology

Diffusion generally refers to the transplanting of cultural aspects from one group to another. That is, the music, political ideologies, fashion, and any variety of items/beliefs/cultural identities appeal cross from one group to another. While some may consider this a profound concept, the reality is that cultural diffusion is not something that is new and […]

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What is a supernatural belief system in anthropology?

It is natural for people to fear powerful forces that are not known to them completely. Through the accounts of human history, it could be noted that people used to believe in unseen forces that affects their belief of the possible causes of the different chaotic events in the society of the olden time human […]

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The Dobe Ju/’Hoansi

Commonly referred to as Bushmen by the general public and thought of as being harsh wild people that live in the “unlivable” Kalahari Desert. The Ju /’hoansi tribe native to the southern African desert, located along the border of Namibia and Botswana, have been misunderstood and stereotyped for a long time. This is until a […]

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