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Cultural Relativism & Deviance
Transcript of Cultural Relativism & Deviance
By. Chase Harris
The Yanomami tribe lives in the villages within the Amazon Rainforest. They are known for their tradition of endocannibalism. Which is when the flesh of a member of the tribe is consumed; usually after death.
The tribe then gives nature 30 to 45 days to decompose the body, leaving behind just the bones.
"The bones are then collected, pulverized, and mixed into a banana soup to be consumed by all ."
This tradition has been in practice for over 500 years in India
In India there is a ritual were newborn babies are thrown off a temple 50ft high, then caught with a soft cloth.
The ritual takes place in the first week of December, and is believed to bring health, prosperity and luck to new arrivals.
Around 200 babies are dropped each year while crowds sing and dance.
These practices would be considered deviant in the U.S. These cultural practices are way out of the norm from how we take care of the deceased and how we welcome newborns.
In the U.S we would have a funeral for a dead person, and put them in a casket, and/or cremate them.
Lastly in the U.S newborns are never "tossed" . The most common ritual would be a baptism to welcome the child.
Both of these practices fall under the differential- association theory.