Why do Africans see their world and everything in it as one interconnected whole of family life, village life, work, and nature?
Realize imp balance between human & nature--> society survival based on understanding of natue, dangers, cooperation
Why have cooperative attitudes and tight local organizations enable many Africans to live w/out formal political units?
Don't need people to enfore rules b/c
-Africans understood rules & believe essential to survival & maintain trust
-do not value individual accomplishments b/c focused on survival of village of a whole
Coud a person of unknown family become a leader in African society? What does this tell sue about he importance of family in African society?
Family name & background--> trust
none--> people=suspcious of you--> cannot be leader
Did traditional African society place a high value of the role of the individual and individual achievement?
Focusing on individual-->focus on your needs--> puts collective survival of group in danger
That's why focus on group--> group can survive w/ cooperation
What was the role of women in African culture? What are 2 ex about how women were viewed in African civilization?
women provide food (harvesting & planting), housing, raise kids--> main role of survival of village
women marries--> family gives cattle to wife's family to compensate
matrilineal society- traced ancestry through mother, although women married into husband's family
How was art connected to religion in African culture? How would you describe the religious beliefs in African culture?
African- polytheistic (sub-saharan Africa), Christianity influenced North, Islamic influenced East
art, music, & dance
-re enforced religion & family traditions b/c part of religious ceremonies that enforce rel beliefs
-mask=represent gods, music & dance=tribute to gods
-est rel values & trad, family history