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    The Corpus Christi of Peru

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    Artifacts of our own cultures surround us. From art and music to architecture and literature, from philosophy and religion to laws and economics, we live among cultural artifacts that have deep roots.

    Select the single cultural artifact that you believe best represents the culture in which you live today. Present a detailed description of the artifact, and analyze in detail how the artifact relates to the values, beliefs of the culture. Investigate and evaluate the deep cultural roots of your artifact. What historical roots allowed your artifact to come into being? Which cultural periods might have influenced its eventual development? How do you anticipate this artifact being passed to future generations? What kinds of evolutions might it undergo as culture changes?

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    Cultural Artefact

    What is a cultural artefact? In sociology and anthropology, a cultural artefact is any human created material, object, subject, practice or tradition that says something about the culture and practice of its makers. This then also includes archaeological artefacts for by studying said remnants of former cultures and peoples, we learn about them and their way of life. A cultural artefact then provides a wealth of information including social elements (politics, belief systems, language, etc.), environmental state,
    economic capacities and technologies of the people that has created said artefact.

    We can easily point to faith and belief systems as cultural artefacts. But as cultural artefacts of practice they are broad and encompass so much more from material artefacts to artefacts related to literature and social practices. Just as the practice of Crucifixion, for example, is a cultural artefact in the Christian faith, the Shroud of Turin and the annual pilgrimage to religious sites including Fatima, Lourdes, Rome and Jerusalem are also cultural artefacts.

    It is undeniable that Latin America has an intensely Christian and Religious pan-continental practice of Catholicism and Folk Christianity. This is in itself a religious artefact of colonial faith conversion, when natives were converted by force by friars from Spain and Portugal as one of the main missions of Colonial expansion, a mission entrusted to both countries by the Pope himself, hence the then Pope's division of the world between the Iberian Powers. Colonial Expansion did not only meant new territories and sources of natural and exotic resources; it also meant Missionary work where both God and country figured in the Native People's subjugation. For every city, town and village established in Latin America, a friar/priest dominated the spiritual life of the people. At one point, the orders of the Augustinians and the Jesuits controlled much of the territories, informing politics and economics. The center of Colonial Latin American Life was the church, in a Pueblo, ...

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    The solution provides an extensive look at a sample cultural artifact - the practice of the 'Corpus Christi' in Peru. Tracing the practice back to the days of the Inca, the solution looks at how the tradition combines ancient practices to Christian beliefs creating a unique practice that marries beliefs, traditions, culture and history of civilizations. The solution is a 1,511-word APA essay and it's word version includes images from the public domain for visual representation. A separate folder of the images is also added.

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