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    Patterns of cultural syncretism and resistance

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    Compare and contrast the legacies of cultural syncretism in Africa and the Americas with the resistance to cultural change Westerners encountered in China and India.

    Had syncretism not occurred in the Americas, how might modern culture be different?
    If cultural syncretism had taken root during early encounters in China or India, how might they be different today?

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    Compare and contrast the legacies of cultural syncretism in Africa and the Americas with the resistance to cultural change Westerners encountered in China and India.

    The people groups of Africa and America have many similarities with each other. Both are relatively close to Europe relative to the distance and time involved to travel to China or India. Both were populated by mostly illiterate people groups who relied on oral tradition. Both were populated by numerous groups of people who were antagonistic toward each other. Both places were also not explored or populated primarily as sources of wealth. The technological advancement of both the Americas and Africa was also far inferior to the technological advancements of India and especially China. As a result of this some groups of Native Americans and Africans chose to adopt Western technology, consumer goods, beliefs and societal norms more readily than did other groups of people. Cultural syncretism resulted in shared words, foods, ideas about life and religious beliefs. It was not long before some Indians and Africans "converted" to Christianity. They adopted western styles of dress and lifestyles. Western explorers in turn adopted native American and African words into their language, ...

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    This discussion focuses on cultural syncretism in Africa and the Americas as well as the resistance to cultural syncretism in China and India. How might current culture be different if syncretism had not ocurred? If cultural syncretism had ocurred in China and India how might those nations be different today? Over 800 words of original text.

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