Social Structure

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American Intercontinental University
Social Structure
HUMA 215 – Topics in Cultural Studies
9/8/12

Abstract
Cultural syncretism has transformed and shaped our world today; because of encounters years and centuries before our time we have religion and even art. Our modern culture was contributed to by the happenings of yesterday.

Social Structure
Introduction
The legacies of cultural syncretism in the Americas and Africa can be compared and contrasted with the resistance to cultural change that westerners experienced in China and India. These encounters have left many legacies of change and differences in the culture today. Had syncretism not occurred or if syncretism had taken root during earlier encounters in China or India the world today would be different. Various cultural factors in would affect the outcome of syncretism tremendously.
Compare/ Contrast Cultural Syncretism
Cultural syncretism was active in some societies but not in all; syncretism was not affective in more cultures because some cultures were simply more developed. With the expansion of cultural syncretism, it was easier for Africa and the Americas to adapt than China and India Westerners. Africa and the Americas separated into different tribes which caused them to be weaker than China, India, and the Westerners who created a nation (Sayre, 2013).
An example of this cultural syncretism is the Aztec tribe, which was a fairly large tribe; the Aztecs had so many neighboring enemies because of war. As a result, when an attack by the Spanish was launched on the Aztecs, the other tribes were happy to help (Sayre, 2013).
If the tribes would have come together in unity then they would have been able to protect themselves from invaders. Other aspects of cultural syncretism that both the Americas and Africa had in common was their defense; neither of these groups had any advance…...

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