Primitive Culture: Primitive Culture

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What does one understand by the term ‘Primitive Culture’? According to various texts and discussions the term ‘primitive culture’ refers to a society believed to lack cultural, economical and technological sophistication. They were relatively isolated, relatively simple social institutions and had slow rate of sociocultural change. In these cultures history and beliefs were passed on through oral tradition. There are a lot of things that people might consider culturally primitive, for instance, cultures that lack written language might be considered less culturally sophisticated than the ones that have written language, hunters-gathers might be considered economically backward than capitalised societies. Primitive culture as compared to present…show more content…
They do not know literature or are educated but are learned. They understand their surroundings. They have the ability to read the land and animals. They are evolving at their own pace also preserving the parts of culture with they can. The Kalahari’s have unconditional love for their land, the land they are not ready to let go off even for urbanisation. For them development is not builings made of concrete, luxuries or fancy items but small things such as living lives peacefully and harmoniously, people living heathy and long lives free of diseases, hunting becoming easier which helps them feed their stomachs, children going to schools and returning without getting beaten up. They want to catch up with the world but at the same time do not want to detach from the roots of their native place where they ancestors guide them and protect them even if they are not physically…show more content…
These forces are related to both social structures and natural events and are involved in perpetuation of cultural ideas and practices with current structures which themselves are subjects to change. There has been significant evolution from primitive culture to civilized culture, from simple to complex societies, scattered to dense population. The cultures have evolutionalized in the sense that legal institutions have come into play which maintain the law and order as well as the discipline in the society which if violated is considered a punishable offense. Earlier there weren’t many sources of income so the population which once stayed together had now started to scatter around the globe in search of new and better work opportunities which could provide them with better incomes as well as living standards. Those whose ancestors once hunted and gathered and behaved differently for survival have now taken occupations such as agriculture, herding excreta for survival. Nowadays the beliefs of different cultures have become flexible and cultural ideas have started to diffuse from society to another through diffusion and acculturation. Hence sometimes ‘civilisation’ is also referred as ‘urbanisation’. There are a lot of customs and traditions that were followed by our ancestors which in today’s world have been questioned and practicing it has been made into a punishable
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