In this paper we are going to discuss what cultural anthropology is. Also we are going to talk about the worldviews, religious beliefs and practices, social groups, kinships and associations, and political organization. I will also discuss how culture has influenced my personal development. Culture is all around us, in places we would never even think about looking for it at. How does culture influence our daily lives and what we notice about culture now from taking this class.
Why Study Cultural Anthropology
We study cultural anthropology to have a better understanding of our own culture also, to have a better understanding of others cultures. Studying cultural anthropology allows us to understand why cultures that are different from ours do the things that they do. It allows us to have a better understanding of the way people think. Taking this class as allowed me to think about the saying if you walked a mile in their shoes. I feel that if I learn more about what their culture is then I will be able to better understand what they are feeling or going through.
Our book Introducing Cultural Anthropology: A Christian Perspective by Brian M Howell and Jenell Williams Paris (2011) states that anthropology is the holistic study of humankind. Anthropology is how humans (individuals) behave because of what they believe. Human behavior is solely what we are brought up to believe. Our belief in something shows us or teaches us how we should behave. As a Christian we are taught many things in the Bible, we are taught the commandments. Which teaches us how to behave because, of what we are taught to believe in.
Culture and theology go hand in hand. Our culture is greatly influenced by our theology. Take our family structures for example the man is the head of the household and in many different cultures the women are required to cover their faces based on their theology. Another example our Pledge of Allegiance it says “One nation under...