"There are some very good recent examples of religion subjugating the local culture. One of my theology professors was fond of telling the stories about Seventh-day Adventist missionaries going into an African village and noticing that the women were…"
"But as for women being property, that wasn't always the case -- again, going back to those North Atlantic islands, before the imposition of Christianity and Roman culture in general, women were on much more equal footing with men.
"Thanks -- these are all thought-provoking responses. I wanted to respond to each of these, but I think it'd make more sense to do this all at once.
Supernatural justifications seem to me to arrive out of the same sort of steps Louis mentioned,…"
"Yes, it's an odd kind of chicken/egg dilemma.
I can't recall where I heard this first but a model for things like this suggested the following on the development of tradition:
First) An event occurs and an action is performed in response…"
"Local holy figures were raised into the Pantheon of the godly - Our lady of Guadalupe.
Actually, I was confused about this one, myself, as little as a month or two ago. Our Lady of Guadalupe is Mary. The Guadalupe part is a manifestation of her,…"
"Introduced religions would have little chance to take hold in a culture whose traditions clashed with the doctrine. The Catholic Church has adapted to local custom and patched it into doctrine with relative ease over the centuries. Easter (from Isis…"
"I think perhaps Confucianism didn't need the additional baggage of supernatural justification because it was layered onto an existing system which already had that reinforcement. Ancient China and Japan got by with a system of emperor-worship.…"
"In other words, if we went back in time well before Islam or Christianity or Judaism made its way from the Eastern Mediterranean over to Northern India, would we find tribal customs that declared there could be no rape in a marriage?
"This is a really interesting thought-track to take. I don't really have much to add at the moment, but I would also ask why supernaturalism tends to get caught up in these rules in most societies, but not necessarily in others - Confucianism,…"
I don't really know if this is the right place to post this comment/question, because it's not really news, but it's related to something Joe brought up in episode 37, so fuck it. If it's the wrong spot, point me in the right direction.So:I wanted to respond to Joe's point about wife-beating rapist Muslims. First, let me preface this by acknowledging none of that behavior is ever okay. But where I get confused is how much of this is religious-based and how much of it is culturally-based…See More
"Very belatedly, I'd agree that this probably evolved as a result of sexual selection and display. Long, ever-growing hair requires looking after of some kind, whether cutting, grooming, plastering with mud, or twisting into dreadlocks, and…"
"All I can figure is that it, having come about as the result of mutations, was attractive, so that those with the ability to display their health and nutrition as hair allows, were sexually selected-for.
I'm no geneticist; so, I haven't…"
"That symbol looks far too close to a forestry symbol that I can't find at the moment, but know I've seen on orienteering and military maps. It also looks kinda like mma/K1 fighter Alistair Overeem's symbol (which looks like the…"
"I guess that women that have very long hair took care of it and cut the split ends. I'm trying to remember any primitive society that has members with very long hair that they step on it. The Africans could have very long hair and still be all…"
"Heh -- that's just what my wife tells me. Maybe it just seems like that after losing split ends. Mine's cropped anyway.
But I'm still not sure why we grow hair like vines, and other primates seem to have the sense to have hair that…"
"cutting hair will make it grow faster
That's just a myth. There are no receptors in the hair that signal to the hair roots that the hair is cut.
If you don't believe this, I would add that my final paper when I graduate medicine was…"
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