The Practice of Gift Giving

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The Practice of Gift Giving

By | September 2012
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Jaafar Allamy 17002517
The practice of gift giving
The practice of gift giving

Anthropology
Anthropology
“A gift o a present is given to a person and with out any expectation of payment is given back or even a gift. However politically talking gift giving might involve an expectation of exchange or a sign of a friend ship, gifts are always free of charge. Gifts are also given at rather specific times, and an examination of the occasions involved may also help to lead an understanding of the important events and stages in our lives of people concerned”. “A gift o a present is given to a person and with out any expectation of payment is given back or even a gift. However politically talking gift giving might involve an expectation of exchange or a sign of a friend ship, gifts are always free of charge. Gifts are also given at rather specific times, and an examination of the occasions involved may also help to lead an understanding of the important events and stages in our lives of people concerned”.

The Practice gift giving
A gift o a present is given to a person and with out any expectation of payment is given back or even a gift. However politically talking gift giving might involve an expectation of exchange or a sign of a friend ship, gifts are always free of charge. Gifts are things that have been bought from parents, friends and from our loved ones, to demonstrate to us that they have not forgotten an important event in our life, such as birthdays, the day of our wedding or even when a new born baby. However there are other gifts in Indian culture that is called “Dana” and that gift carries sins and should only be given to a priest and must not give any thing back in return.

Also Mauss’s has few commitments towards gift giving “the obligation to receive, the obligation to give, and the obligation to repay”(Mauss, 1999). He then also defines it as another way to gain power on people by giving them a gift and something is...