Christmas in the Kalahari
Ivy Tech Community College
Eating Christmas in the Kalahari
Eating Christmas in the Kalahari was a very interesting story based on Richard Borshay Lee’s experiences in southern Africa. After reading it, I realized the Bushman tribe with their strong traditions was a perfect example of Durkheim’s mechanical solidarity. Thank you Gesture
All of the parts of the story started to come together in the end for me as well as it did for /ontah as the tribesman called him meaning “whitey”In the beginning /ontah wants to display a thenk you gesture by buying the meatiest black ox slaughtered for the Christmas feast for the Twsana-Hereo tribe. Upon his discovery of the right animal he was pleased with his purchase of $56.00 This ox could easily feed about 4lbs of meat to every man woman and child in the tribe! Weighing over 1200 pounds he was sure he made a great investment. However shortly after his purchase, /ontah soon discovers he is mistaken. Delegation.
Ben! An outspoken elder replied to /ontahs ox purchase by saying “Do you expect us to eat that bag of bones?” “Big, yes. But old and thin, everybody knows there’s no meat on that old ox what did you expect us to eat off it, the horns?”(pg1) Later in the evening the young men began to interrogate him as well. They were saying “that sack of guts and bones of Yehaves (the man who sold him the ox) will hardly feed one camp let alone the Bushman ai/ai.” (pg2) In his defense, /ontah pleaded that the animal was beautiful and he was sure they would eat it with pleasure. Despite his efforts on debating whether or not his ox was satisfactory for the tribe for Christmas. /ontah spirits were down. He said “I went about the day feeling as though I had bought a lemon of a used car.”(pg2) Losing faith.
With /ontahs best efforts, he tried to purchase a different ox. One that was fatty and thick. But the Hereo did not want to sell it. /ontahs was growing...
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