❄ Cows, Pigs, Wars, and Witches Author Marvin Harris – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk

Cows, Pigs, Wars, and Witches This Book Challenges Those Who Argue That We Can Change The World By Changing The Way People Think The Author Shows That No Matter How Bizarre A People S Behavior May Seem, It Always Stems From Concrete Social And Economic Conditions It Is By Isolating And Identifying These Conditions That We Will Be Able To Understand And Cope With Some Of Our Own Apparently Senseless Life Styles In A Devastating Attack On The Shamans Of The Counterculture, The Author States The Case For A Return To Objective Consciousness And A Rational Set Of Political Commitments.


10 thoughts on “Cows, Pigs, Wars, and Witches

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    There are several reasons why I wasn t going to review this book One, I am not an Anthropologist I took some anthropology courses in college, but contrary to the opinions of some of the undeservedly arrogant, Newsies hatted forever virgin dudes in my Philosophy I course, that doesn t make me an expert or automatically mean anyone cares what I have to say loudly, and with so much ergo , so much thusly on the subject Two, despite the fact that this book is slim, it is pretty much huge mong There are several reasons why I wasn t going to review this book One, I am not an Anthropologist I took some anthropology courses in college, but contrary to...


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    Why do Jews and Muslims refuse to eat pork Why were thousands of witches burned at the stake during late medieval Europe These and other riddles are explored by famous anthropologist Marvin Harris, and his conclusions are simple people act within social and ecological contexts that make their actions meaningful Put another way cultural ideas and practices that seem strange to us may actually be vital and necessary to the people of those cultures.Harris is especially good at explaining how s Why do Jews and Muslims refuse to eat pork Why were thousands of witches burned at the stake during late medieval Europe These and other riddles are explored by famous anthropologist Marvin Harris, and his conclusions are simple people act within social and ecological contexts that make their actions meaningful Put another way cultural ideas and practices that seem strange to us may actually ...


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    Marvin Harris intends to apply scientific theory to some of the great cultural riddles of the world Why do Hindus love cows Why do Jews hate pigs Unfortunately, like an evolutionary biologist trying to explain why humans have pinky toes, he comes across as making up just so stories The theories are plausible, but that doesn t make them accurate The truth in a just so story is always in what it tells us about the storyteller In this case, he s a 1970s academic Onething Since I m not Marvin Harris intends to apply scientific theory to some of the great cultural riddles of the world Why do Hindus love cows Why do Jews hate pigs Unfortunately, like an evolutionary biologist trying to explain why humans have pinky toes, he comes across as making up just so stories The theories are plausible, but that doesn t make them accurate The truth in a just so story is always in what it tells us about the storyteller In this case, he s a 1970s academic Onething Since I m not an expert on all matter historical, I usually factcheck history books by spot checking the stuff I do know If Marvin Harris s account of the religious landscape of first cent...


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    Cows are inefficiently raised and devoured in the United States, while in India, people would rather go hungry than eat cow flesh In the Jewish and Moslem tradition, pigs are unclean and cannot be consumed while in others, gargantuan pig feasts areholy than the Thanksgiving turkey Is this just part of the inexplicable side of human nature, or are there understandable reasons for these cultural curiosities Harris shows that these bizarre displays of cultural variety play an important an Co...


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    Unexpectedly turned out to be one of the most though provoking and fascinating cultural studies I ve ever read Everyone should have a few horizon wideners on their book list this should be one of them.


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    Civilizations, even the most advanced among them, are invariably strewn with mythologies, folklore, and recherche taboo While the contemporary United States would itself provide enough material for a multi volume study of this kind, Marvin Harris focuses mostly on pre scientific and pre literate peoples to answer questions like Why do Hindus not eat cows, while Jews avoid pork instead How do you explain the concept of the Messiah Why was the belief in witches in medieval Europe so prevalent, Civilizations, even the most advanced among them, are invariably strewn with mythologies, folklore, and recherche taboo While the contemporary United States would itself provide enough material for a multi volume study of this kind, Marvin Harris focuses mostly on pre scientific and pre literate peoples to answer questions like Why do Hindus not eat cows, while Jews avoid pork instead How do you explain the concept of the M...


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    One of my favorite quotes regarding culture comes from an ecclesiastical leader named David R Stone He said Our culture tends to determine what foods we like, how we dress, what constitutes polite behavior, what sports we should follow, what our taste in music should be, the importance of education, and our attitudes toward honesty It also influences men as to the importance of recreation or religion, influences women about the priority of career or childbearing, and has a powerful effect on One of my favorite quotes regarding culture comes from an ecclesiastical leader named David R Stone He said Our culture tends to determine what foods we like, how we dress, what constitu...


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    Today, while lamenting the sidelining of fiction in favor of informational texts to the exclusion of just about anything else in English classes with a friend, I mentioned that no one had ever learned to love to read by reading a textbook However, I had to immediately correct myself by adding except for Cows, Pigs, Wars and Witches and The Day the Universe Changed How Galileo s Telescope Changed the Truth I read Marvin Harris scintillating book in 1978 Although an accessible paperback desi Today, while lamenting the sidelining of fiction in favor of informational texts to the exclusion of just about anything else in English classes with a friend, I mentioned that no one had ever learned to love to read by reading a textbook However, I had to immediately correct myself by adding except for Cows, Pigs, Wars and Witches and The Day the Universe Changed How Galileo s Telescope Changed the Truth I read Marvin Harris scintillating book in 1978 Although an accessible paperback designed for a general readership, Cows, Pigs, Wars and Witches provided a fabulous text for my sociology class on how abstruse actions by other cultures are not quite so inexplicable once you understand the culture Despite being first published in 1978, it s as fresh as it was when the late Harris, then a ...


  10. says:

    This book is required reading for my Political Science 101 class, and for once a professor has managed to select an interesting book This is an interesting look at some of the cultural riddles that tend to mystify Westerners like Cow Love in India, Pig Hate in the Middle East, Cargo Cults, etc Harris explains how these seemingly ridiculous to us behaviors are actually perfectly sensible and successful adaption strategies A short and pleasant read, well researched and written I highly rec This book is required reading for my Political Science 101 class, and for once a professor has managed to select an interesting book This is an interesting look at some of the cultural riddles that tend to mystify Westerners like Cow Love ...


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