The Gods must be crazy film book analysis

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Mark Shpyrka

Anthropology 310

Professor Worley


Film/Book analysis

The Gods must be crazy

The movie of the Gods must be crazy shows a blunt distinction among the cultures of the Bushmen and modern societies within communications amongst members from two very different cultures. There are many obvious differences in the characters actions, values and divergent worldly perspectives. This movie shows variations between anthropological culture and ethnocentrism. In a Bushmen culture it was very peaceful and had no social classes. I noticed that neither discipline nor was anything severe ever said to the youngsters who were unpredictably really disciplined. The Bushmen would put the highest value on their close ones and their connection with God, (which ties in with Chapter 12 and religion that we just recently covered). The people have an immense respect to any forms of life breathing or not breathing. After watching this movie a few times something got my attention.

The Bushman fire at an animal with a sedative projectile and patiently await until the animal lies down completely still then kill it, later asking forgiveness for executing it by explaining that it was a means of survival for his family. This act revealed that the Bushmen hunted only out of requirement and never for fun. This revealed hunting was a form of survival not a means of fun as it is in modern cultures now. They survived in conditions which civilized people would probably see as filthy; but the Bushman seemed to be satisfied with this lifestyle.

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What was the most unusual part from Bushmen culture to me is the whole absence of encounters between their people. This culture seemed like they don't have a theory of possessions whether private nor personal plus they willingly would share nourishment between one another...