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Welcome back to emdeegp.wordpress.com! I hope we all can make full use of this blog to share information and ideas outside class!

So we are going to start a new topic ‘Culture’

How would you define culture? and what is the difference between culture and tradition? (are they any differences in fact?!)

Below are some traditions in a culture that you might find strange

The Sati Culture in India


Sati is an ancient culture that existed amongst the Hindus in India, where a woman would burn herself on her dead husband’s funeral fire. It was considered an honorable act and the widow was believed to enter straight into heaven, as a reward for her sacrifice. She became a goddess and statues were built in her honor.

The act was banned by the British Government, but in the late 1980s, an instance was reported. Another case was also reported in 2002.

Chinese Foot Binding


This was an ancient and extremely painful tradition practiced by the Chinese. An estimated 5 billion Chinese women were subjected to excruciating pain in a bid to make their feet look elegant.

From as little as the age of four, a young girl would have her feet bound tightly with bandages by elderly women. These bandages were kept on, but were changed regularly and increasingly tightened. The general aim of foot binding was to keep the foot at a desired size of 3-4 inches.

After years of agonizing pain, toe deformation and tight bandages, the girl would end up with a pair of tiny, folded feet.

Masai Spitting


This isn’t just regular spitting we are talking about. The Masai tribe (an ethnic African group found in Kenya and Tanzania) have an unusual way of greeting friends: they spit on one another. Furthermore, when a new child is born, the Masai men will spit on it and say it is bad – believing that if they praise the child they will curse it to a bad life. When greeting elders, a Masai warrior will spit in his hand before offering it to be shaken – as a sign of respect. Masai tribesmen are well known through the media because of their practice of elongating their earlobes.

Do you think there are any traditions we have that might be deemed strange or weird by those who are not familiar with our culture? leave your comments below! πŸ˜€

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Since the L6 are doing crime and punishment (and this will be a good read for the U6) as well, I came across an article that would be highly relevant to us and would be good to talk about in class.

Last moments of Ben Kinsella revealed as three are convicted of stabbing him to death for ‘disrespect’

Killers seen chasing Ben on CCTV moments before stabbing

Ben steps out from behind a van after being stabbed by three youths in the early hours of the morning in North London. At first glance he looks unharmed

Ben steps out from behind a van after being stabbed by three youths in the early hours of the morning in North London. At first glance he looks unharmed

As he steps out into the middle of the road it can be seen that Ben's shirt is covered in blood on his left side

As he steps out into the middle of the road it can be seen that Ben's shirt is covered in blood on his left side

As he continues across the road to rejoin his friends he begins to weave and stumble. As he reaches the corner of the street, he collapses out of sight

As he continues across the road to rejoin his friends he begins to weave and stumble. As he reaches the corner of the street, he collapses out of sight


Apparently the murderers showed no remorse in stabbing Ben. Why do you think people like these exist in a developed society? What are the reasons for commiting crime? Is it something innate? Or something learned from society? What do you think??

Apologies U6 for taking a long time to post the answer for my last brainteaser! Here it is!

You are travelling down a road to a village. You reach a fork in the road and find a pair of identical twin brothers standing there. One of the brothers always tells the truth and the other always lies.

If you are allowed to ask only one question to one of the brothers to find which is the correct road to the village, what is your question ?

Answer:

Point to one of the roads in the fork and ask the following question to one of the brothers.

“If I ask your brother if this is the correct road to the village will he say yes or no?”

If he answers is “no” then it is the correct way to the village.

Think about it –

If the brother you are speaking to is the one who always lies, then he will say “no” as he knows that his brother who speaks the truth would anwser “yes”. If the brother you are speaking to is the one who speaks the truth, he will say “no” as he knows that his brother will lie about it being the correct road. Either way an answer “no” tells you it is actually the right road. Similarly if you are pointing to the wrong road you will get the answer “yes”.

Conflicts and crisis are part of our everyday lives. They have always been here and they always will. How do they impact the tourism industry? There are the recent terrorist acts in India and protests in Thailand. These crises have surely negatively affected the tourism industry in these destinations. Some tourists may now ask whether there is any place safe to travel to.

Anyone here wants to go to EGYPT?

February 22, ’09 — A terrorist bomb killed a French teenager and wounded at least 20 other people in a crowded square near a popular tourist bazaar in the Egyptian capital Cairo on Feb. 22, 2009, officials said. The blast was the first fatal attack on tourists in Egypt since bombs killed at least 23 people at an Egyptian resort in the Sinai Peninsula in 2006.

Can you find any other terrorist attacks that have somehow affected tourists and tourism of the country?