Real Life Examples of Culture of More Than 30 Countries
Then you'll be fascinated with People Are Culture's 200+ inspiring and thought-provoking stories about people around the world who are creating and preserving different cultures.
Through our interviews and profiles, examples of culture are brought to life by people all over the world who share their traditions and lifestyle. With the personal stories we present, you'll meet indigenous artisans; pioneering activists, innovators and changemakers; dedicated preservationists; spiritual seekers; global visionaries; and a host of others, who each relate their inspiration, process, techniques, and heritage. You'll also learn about their personal epiphanies, challenges, breakthroughs, and hopes for the future--for at the heart of all culture is the human condition we all share.
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More Than 200 Stories With Examples of Culture in 16 Categories!
We offer real life examples of cultures around the world in 16 categories of cultural universals: Archaeology; Architectural Styles; Cultural Heritage; Dance; Festivals
What do we mean by "cultural universals"? These are elements of society that every culture has. How they are carried out or their role in a given community may vary--but we all are very familiar with these behaviors or ways of life. There are many more cultural universals, but these are the ones we explore.
We are willing to bet that when you read one of our stories about different cultures, you will learn something new...you will recognize yourself...and feel a sense of human connection to creative people around the world! Welcome, and enjoy!
Archaeology is the study of human history and prehistory through the excavation of sites and the analysis of artifacts and other physical remains. Despite its focus on the past, archaeology brings to life themes as relevant today as they were several millennia ago: identity, sense of place, community, ritual, power, awe, and connection.
Think of any city in the world, and chances are you immediately call to mind an iconic skyline or building–the pyramids of Egypt, Gaudi’s Sagrada Família in Barcelona, the Taj Mahal in India, the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu in Peru. This cultural uniqueness is called “genius loci,” which means the “spirit of a place.”
Culture encompasses the past, the present and the future. Culture includes heritage and tradition, as well as creativity and innovation. To endure, be sustainable, and remain relevant, culture is dynamic and ever-changing.
Are you eager to have an authentic cultural experience in your next destination…but aren’t sure how to? Keen to understand how people in other parts of the world live…but don’t know how to go about meeting locals? We can help! We love to share ideas on how to travel with locals.
Dance is a powerful mode of communicating in a visceral way. Before the invention of written languages, dance was a primary method of passing stories down from generation to generation. Dance is an intrinsic part of life on many levels–social, ceremonial, competitive, eroctic, martial or sacred.
Festivals are a way to become part of a region’s community. Whether religious or seasonal, somber or silly, formal or casual, festivals mark an occasion that has some type of meaning for the people who honor it. Festivals are a window into the shared traditions and history.
Folk art expresses cultural identity by conveying shared community values and aesthetics and often reflect ethnic, tribal, or religious beliefs. Folk art encompasses a range of utilitarian and decorative media, including cloth, wood, paper, clay, metal and more.
Food is one of the most tangible and evocative cultural manifestations there is! If the main ingredient in “Culture” is identity, who doesn’t consider their favorite dish to be an integral part of who they are and where they come from?
Gardens and landscapes are two different ways to encounter our natural physical surroundings. Gardens are an aesthetic arrangement of nature, whereas landscapes may or may not have reflected intervention by humans.
The need to be heard and feel understood are part of our shared, universal human condition. A common understanding of how units of sounds and symbols are organized, written and spoken facilitate understanding and effective social interaction.
Maritime traditions reflect the tangible and intangible dimensions of the nautical life and encompass hard skills such as boat-building, fishing, salt harvesting as well as nuanced and mystical rituals, ceremonies and festivals.
One definition of preservation means to "keep alive". The desire to honor and share what we find meaningful seems to be hard-wired into our DNA. Neolithic man created cave art, alphabets began emerging around 2000 B.C.
A desire to connect with the Divine is a part of the human experience and how we make that connection personally is our spiritual practice; how we access something larger than ourselves as a collective creates a culture.
Textiles are a material manifestation of history, memory, and place, telling the story of people’s relationship with each other, their landscape, their culture–as well as chronicling the influences of conquerors, colonists, pilgrims, and trading partners.
Humans process information better visually than by any other means. With 90% of the data transmitted to the human brain being visual, its not surprising that the visual arts is such a diverse and far-reaching mode of cultural transmission.