Sun, 16 Mar 2003 11:24:14 -0800
Dan Brickley wrote:
>[...] there are plenty of behaviours from western society that could look equally bizarre to a fresh eye. Tatoos, body piercing, circumcision, holy communion, boxing, boozing and breast enlargement. There's plenty of strangeness in our world, and we can't blame fundamentalists for all of it.
Tatoos and body piercing are not the behaviors of western culture, they
have a history as old as humanity itself. The relatively recent
fascination with these activities in western culture is endemic of a
deeper need for ritual which is conspicuosly absent in western culture.
Circumcision has its roots in Judaism, circa 2700 BC when Abraham
supposedly circumcized his son to abide by Gods will. Boozing
specifically is only as old as alcohol but, near as we can tell, the
phenomena of altering ones consciousness is about as old as
consciousness. . . Boxing, or similar activities, goes way back as well
and can be found in some form in many cultures that are definitively not
western. I'll give you breast enlargement. :-)