ANT/101 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
July 30, 2012
The purpose of this paper is to discuss about a culture that is selected from a list of various cultures. It identifies the primary mode of subsistence on the culture that is referred to. And it describes three major aspects that will later be more deeply researched in the final paper. The aspects that are discussed can include: beliefs and values, economic organization, kinship, gender relations, sickness and healing, political organization, social organization and social change. The culture selected for the purpose of this paper is the Kurdish people and the aspects presented in the paper are: beliefs and values, political organization, and sickness and healing. The Kurdish people represent the largest ethnic group world-wide which does not have a home country. Overview
This people lives in an area that is today known as Kurdistan, and it represents a region of 200,000 miles from S-E Turkey, N-E Syria, West Iran and North Iraq. The Kurds are known to be descendents of the Medes. Since the largest population of the Kurds live in Turkey (almost 40 percent), they are seen as threat to the government of this country. Turkey's government has tried to assimilate the Kurd population into their society using forced resettlement; however, their efforts in with respect to this subject did not pay off well. The beliefs and values, political organization, as well as sickness and healing represent the subjects to be addressed, as follows. Beliefs and Values
One important fact in this area of research is the religion. According to Asatrian (2009), Kurds are Sunni Muslims of the Shafis mazhab. To better understand everything, Kurds have and had adopted a lot of religions, especially: Islam, Yazidism, Yarsan, Jewish, Alevi, Zoroastrian, as well as Christianity. However, the predominant religion of this people is the Islam. These...