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Love in different cultures
Transcript of Love in different cultures
Melissa Diaz Love in different cultures For us, love is a very strong feeling. It is when you want the best for someone and you are willing to sacrifice anything for that someone to be happy. The word love has more than 10 definitions in the dictionary: affection, sacrifice, sexual desire, pleasure, etc., and it is both a verb and a noun Our definition of Love Love is not just a word, and each different word for love means something different:
“Agapo”, which is the common way in which people refer to love, pure love and not physical attraction.
“Eros”, which is the passionate form of love, where there is desire and longing. Ancient Greece The Latin language has several different verbs corresponding to the word "love." Amō is the basic verb. The Romans used it both in an affectionate sense as well as in a romantic or sexual sense. The corresponding noun is amor (the significance of this term for the Romans is well illustrated in the fact. Latin sometimes uses amāre where English would simply say to like. Diligere often has the notion "to be affectionate for," "to esteem," and rarely if ever is used for romantic love. This word would be appropriate to describe the friendship of two men. Ancient Rome In the contemporary Chinese culture, love is considered as something that carries a lot of responsibility and dedication, unlike the way expressing love is taken in western cultures (in which it really isn’t such a big deal to say “I Love You”). It is considered as something to be taken seriously. But to refer to the western culture’s kind of love, Chinese people call it by its name in English, “love” Chinese Culture The Persian word for love is eshgh, derived from the Arabic ishq, however is considered to be a term for interpersonal love and is more commonly substituted for 'doost dashtan' ('liking'). In the Persian culture, everything is encompassed by love and all is for love, starting from loving friends and family, husbands and wives, and eventually reaching the divine love that is the ultimate goal in life. Persian In Japanese Buddhism, ai () is passionate caring love, and a fundamental desire. It can develop towards either selfishness or selflessness and enlightenment. Amae (), a Japanese word meaning "indulgent dependence," is part of the child-rearing culture of Japan. Japanese mothers are expected to hug and indulge their children, and children are expected to reward their mothers by clinging and serving. Japanese Culture “Philia”, which is the kind of love often felt for family members and involves loyalty.
“Storge”, which is a natural love, like the love between parents and children.
“Xenia”, that means hospitality. It’s the affection you have towards a guest or host.