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Cultural Stregnths and Weaknesses

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Cultural Strengths & Weaknesses

The Batek of Malaysia originated in Southeastern Asia, where they have known to inhabit for at least 2000 years. They likely came up from the original Mongoloid people that are known of to existed 3000 – 4000 BC, to be as accurate as facts dictate. These inhabitants of Southeast Asia were the original creators of foraging communities. These hunter-gatherers were the first among many to farm their land they lived upon. Having soils from volcanoes that have previously erupted was essential to successfully farm their plants. But, living near the equator made basic living essentials difficult to surpass the climates and weather.

The social organization among the Batek was key to the essential need for the lasting development of the culture. Without the willingness to outlast and survive the harsh elements of the rainforests put on them year after year, they would not be who they are today. They take what they know and convert it to usefulness by waging stimulating new ideas to keep up with the ever-changing world.

Men were known to have a higher statute by the measurement of value that his meat resided. A great tool for the Batek men and women use for hunting is a weapon known as a blow pipe. A design which has great potential to do much damage to the target if hit in the designated area for maximum damage. For this reason, men are more of use of this weapon. Due to the lack of power that women are able to blow into the blow pipe. Men are known for having bigger lungs and a powerful breath. Women occasionally will join in the hunting exercises but generally tend to reside in collecting berries, nuts, and other fruits.

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