Tradition Essays

The Way to Rainy Mountain_ the Cultural History of the Kiowa Indians

Reality expressed through experiences is the sole foundation of culture and tradition. Culture and tradition, at a proper date, would in turn influence the course of history: the course of man’s journey to the future.  Man’s journey to the future cannot be measured by mere conceptualization or abstraction, rather by imaginative experience. In the prologue of “The Way to Rainy Mountain”, N. Scott Momaday said, “The imaginative experience and the historical express equally the traditions of mans reality” (Momaday, 4)….

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The Traditional Meanings

“Innovation is the identifiable tool of free enterprising—the undertaking that provides resources with a fresh ability to generate affluence. ” – Peter Drucker The traditional meanings of innovation involves the process of introducing something new or something that is newly introduced (either an idea, method, or device) with tangible societal impact, according to The American Heritage Dictionary. In this definition, an innovation is not its technical description until a person effectively realizes the idea or a thing and creates profit…

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The Badja

Introduction: The Badjao – which literally means fisherfolk or simply fishermen – is a group of indigenous people that are usually referred to as “Sea Gypsies,” making use of small wooden boats known locally as “vinta.” In their houseboats, also known as “Lepa” and “Pelang,” they usually carry all their belongings and valuables as they travel from one place to another. According to Dr. Pendatun I. Talib, Secretary General and Founder of the National Sama-Badjao Movement, Inc., and currently director…

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Traditional Jews

Religion is a vast and distinct area of study. Many different cultures and groups have different practices, and within those cultures there are many sub-groups that are different than the majority. The Haredim are a Jewish sect that is basically a sub-group of traditional Jews that demonstrate many differences from the majority. Haredim have a different approach to death and the actual funeral procession of loved ones. Many other cultures will honor their dead by having a eulogy or some…

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Cultural Autobiography

My father’s parents were born in a small village in the Peloponnese. They were kind and humble people that eventually made their way to Athens. My mother’s parents were born in Kafkaso, a town in Minor Asia, which at that time belonged to Greece. With the war of 1921, the Turks forced my mother’s parents to flee to Athens. They were wealthy and proud, as were many Pontian Greeks at that time. Both of my parents were born in Athens…

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Characterization of Pheonix Jackson

Eudora Welty, in her character Phoenix Jackson, creates humanity’s counterpart of the phoenix firebird from oriental tradition. Although Phoenix Jackson can not lay claim to the immortality manifested by consuming fiery rebirths (as does the mythological bird), she possesses a fiery spirit and is consumed by love for her grandchild. Ana4rzing the character of Phoenix is pleasurable because the characteristics of her “roundness” are primarily positive, static traits. She is tenacious, confident, wise, and resolute with a clear sense of…

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Creation of American Tradition

Folklore was first utilized by William Thoms, an English antiquarian in 1846, which is defined as a body of expressive culture such as music, tales, dance, oral history, legends, customs, traditions, rituals, popular beliefs, jokes and many more within a specific population comprising the traditions of the culture, group or sub-culture (Georges, 1995). Traditions are standards or principle revered and followed by people from generation to generation which come from a Latin word traditio meaning to’ hand over’ or to…

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