That’s not history. History involves everyone; every person, thing, thought, idea, and concept that has been in the works since the beginning of time. We cannot define such an important aspect of past cultures and life by saying only a few events and people have brought us to where we are today. By taking the most general, and obvious, concept of history Arendt is dishonoring those who weren’t the right race, gender, class, and so much more. We cannot just accept the concept that history was made because some lucky hobbit was told by Gandalf that an adventure is waiting.
A tradition may continue and evolve for thousands of years—the word "tradition" itself is derived from the Latin tradere or traderer literally meaning to transmit, to hand over, to give for safekeeping. While it is commonly assumed that traditions have ancient history, many traditions have been invented on purpose, whether that be political or cultural, over short periods of time. Certain scholarly fields, such as anthropology and biology, have adapted the term "tradition," defining it more precisely than its conventional use in order to facilitate scholarly discourse. The concept of tradition, as the notion of holding on to a previous time, is also found in political and philosophical discourse.
CHAPTER ONE INTRODUCTION 1.1 Family Traditions: An Introductory Note A discussion of the significance of family traditions in any context, poetry or otherwise, includes a definition of two related terms “family” and “tradition” because both form an integral part of family traditions. The word “family” is difficult to define in simple terms. It is a subjective concept with different meanings that evolves and changes, depending on various factors: cultural, sociological, environmental, and/or economic. However, it is commonly agreed that family is a basic “social unit created by blood, marriages, and can be described as nuclear (parents and children) or extended (encompassing relatives).”1 While the word “tradition” is a loaded keyword derived
Individuals began to reject religion and accepted these new viewpoints of modernism.This process of traditional views being rejected is still happening today, this has been evolving over a long period of time, starting in the 20’s. After this trial, it changed peoples perspectives and gave them a new outlook on society. It created a clash between modernism and traditionalism. Whereas, before people only had traditional views and now their minds are more open to other aspects. These changes towards modernism are still slowly developing today.
Historically, in every culture, important practices exist which transmit traditional values to subsequent generations as traditions is a critical piece of our culture. They help developing and moulding the attitudes and characters of humans, forming the structure and foundation of families and our society. Notwithstanding, many traditions promote social unity and coherent, some traditions erode the integrity, psychological and physical health of individuals as can be seen in the story “The Lottery” writer by Shirley Jackson. In the story, head of the families take a lot in choosing the family that going to sacrifice one of the family members to increase the crop yield. Furthermore, the story “Looking for Rain God” written by Bessie Head reflects the belief in traditional practices, resulting in merciless death of two children.
ceremonies and rituals are often unique, varying from every culture. The practice of people participating in rituals and ceremonies date back to the beginning of human civilization. Ceremonies and rituals are usually cultural traditions, but not all. The variations between every culture’s rituals and ceremonies are what gives a group or custom their identity and twist of uniqueness, often giving significance to their ceremonies or rituals. A ritual or ceremony could be as simple as a monthly meeting among co-workers at the nearest bar to gather in fellowship or as significant as a wedding ceremony that hopefully occurs only once in a lifetime.
In later 19th century, theories of cultural evolution were massively influenced by the large agreement of the theory of biological evolution put forward by Charles Darwin in The Origin of Species(1859). Social scientists discovered that the plan proposed by biological evolution, proposed an attractive remedy to their questions, regarding the origins and progress of social behavior. Certainly the idea of a society as an evolving organism was a biological analogy that was taken by various anthropologists and sociologists and that continued in some quarters even into the 20th
Throughout the history of humanity, there have been signs of ancient traditions in many different cultures. Some traditions have been passed down through generations and generations, because it provides comfort to those who are frightened by the ever-evolving society around them. These small traditions give those who practice a sense of control and power over the lives of those who practice them while everything around them changes and evolves. Authors Shirley Jackson and Ursula Le Guin, along with director Lasse Hallstrom introduce their readers and viewers to characters who believe that their traditions help give them control over aspects of life that are uncontrollable to the reader. It is through the authors and directors compelling narrative
A vision of Ireland’s glorious ancient past, predating the Anglo-Normans, was carefully constructed to inspire Ireland’s campaign for independence. This was achieved by utilising the invention of tradition and the examples given, conform to Hobsbawm’s three types of tradition. In addition, the cycle of tradition and dissent was observed in the example Irish
Some forms of traditional knowledge were expressed through stories, legends, folklore, rituals, and songs, without the need for a writing system. Tools to aid this process include poetic devices such as rhyme and alliteration. These methods are illustrative of morality. The stories thus preserved are also referred to as part of an oral tradition. (Akinnaso, F. Niyi, 1998) The Phoenician writing system was adapted from the Proto-Canaanite script in around the 11th century BC, which in turn borrowed ideas from Egyptian hieroglyphics.