Culture: A Panoramic View Of Some Horrific And Barbaric Practices

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Once upon a time, lived a woman who used to celebrate Thanksgiving by cooking a turkey, however her tradition was always to remove the wings and rear-end of the turkey. When she was asked why she did so, she replied “it is our family tradition, my mother and her mother did it so I am doing it too”. Being curious people sought to find out why she did it. Further Investigation soon found out that the tradition was started by her great grandmother, and luckily enough she was still alive so they asked her the same question, she replied “I never had a big enough pot so it was only sensible for me to cut of the wings and rear-end, so it could fit!”.
What is culture? Culture is simply a society/group of people who believe (and uphold) certain traditions, morals, values, viewpoints and common ways of life. Culture has become an essential tool, which separates different societies. Culture is deceptively simple, in the sense that culture is practiced because it gives societies a unique form of identity—whether it is good or bad. Although people may argue that culture should not be tampered with, I strongly believe that there are some objections to cultural practices. People may argue that humans are subjective and are (very) opinion biased in their reasoning, and therefore do not have the authority as an outsider to scrutinize another human beings traditions. However I truly believe that there is a point on the continuum where humans have common grounds also considering the fact that exposure to different cultures has somewhat given us an edge in understanding most cultures –Cultural Competence-- . Despite the importance and prestige of (sexual) cultural traditions and practices around the world, some practices still going on today have become merciless and unforgiving, leading to horrific injuries, death and emotional agony.
Although they have come under scrutiny botch circumcisions are still very common in some parts of South Africa. A recent story by Nomsa Maseko (2013), exposes the harsh horrors of Abakwetha --coming of age rituals--, which have become a major topic of concern among many human rights organizations. It was reported that in 2013, a regional hospital in Cape Town, was packed with teens from Abakwetha. According to official reports, over 30 Xhosa teens, had suffered horrific injuries including severe cases of dehydration, gangrene and mutilated genitals. In an interview, one of the boys paralyzed in fear, explains how the promise of “being a man” has made him “not into a man” [sic], and cannot have any kids at all. The most depressing thing about these kind of rituals is that people know that they happen, but have not done anything to eradicate them quoting “It’s their tradition”. How does one not have any regards to someone’s life? Even after these horrific reports nothing (yet again) was done. Sadly a few months later, an article by David Smith(2012) reports of an incident involving a teen in a similar ritual, who unfortunately lost...

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