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THIS WAS A GROUP PROJECT!

TEACHER COMMENTS: GROUP 5, GREAT DISCUSSION OF CULTURAL SYNCRETISM IN AFRICA, THE AMERICAS AND ASIA. YOUR ESSAY IS WELL-ORGANIZED WITH AN ABSTRACT, INTRODUCTION, BODY AND CONCLUSION. GREAT SPECIFIC EXAMPLES FOR THE QUESTIONS IN THIS ASSIGNMENT. IN A FEW SECTIONS OF YOUR PAPER (MAINLY THE FIRST PART) YOU SHOULD INCLUDE MORE IN-TEXT CITATIONS. GREAT SOURCES FOR THIS ASSIGNMENT; HOWEVER, THE FORMATTING/FONT ON YOUR REFERENCE SHEET SHOULD BE CONSISTENT. POINTS: 119/125 GRADE: A

Cultural Syncretism

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HUMA215-1101A-05: Topics in Cultural Studies

University

Abstract

Our group is to gather information on Cultural Syncretism in Africa and the Americas with the resistance to cultural change Westerners encountered in China and India. Our group broke down the questions and we each did the research and combined it all together. Everyone did a great job on their part of the presentation and research. Enjoy reading the results.

Cultural Syncretism

Cultural syncretism occurs when different aspects of cultural philosophies or religions come together in unison or are synchronized. Due to the discovery of the New World and the slave trade that occurred here in the Americas, certain religions and beliefs came along with the people when they came here. Religions such as Candomble, Voodoo and Santeria came to be with the influence of Roman Catholicism. Similarly in Africa, influences of Christianity and Islam are blending to create what some call Chris-lam-herb. (Ayodele, 2008).

One article makes the observation about the abundance of religious syncretism in our entertainment world. It is ever present at sporting events and awards ceremonies. The sometimes present and sometimes not present representation of religious beliefs and thanks to God can be an example of how different cultures have influenced the people here in America.

China initially resisted the any foreign influence because they like they were self sufficient. They were very strong in agriculture, manufacturing and mining as well. With these types of resources China proved to be able to sustain this self sufficiency. Other countries wanted to try to persuade China to use their products so in order for that to happen, they needed to find something that China was lacking, and in the late 18th century, opium was smuggled into the country and China's trust in other countries was put to the test.

As time continued, China began to experience problems such as a population explosion with a limited food supply among other things. Eventually, China came to accept outside influence from other countries. They took advantage of China while in their weaknesses.

India has factors that let it continue to resist cultural change. One factor is the dependence on the caste or class system. It is still used especially used when individuals marry or for education. India is also focused on spreading ideas across their own country as much as importing ideas from others. Their cultural history plays a large role in the resistance to other cultural influences.

There are several different factors that attributed to the differences in the development between the Americas, Africa, China, and India. Some of those factors included slavery, wealth level of the areas, history of the people in the areas, military or social views, environment, and adaptability. China has always had a rich military background, so it is not that surprising that supports a government with the most powerful in charge. India has a mixed background when you take the religious and social set up, then the way of life due to the environment around them. Africa is a large area with lots of different views, ways of life, and harsh environments, along with many of its countries being militaristic in view. While the Americas developed due to a mixing of views as people poured in from other countries, which caused a...
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