Eastern and Western Storytelling: The Origins, Development and Differences of Narratives at the Ends of the Earth – by Neil Wright…

on September C Fawkes site:

What does the world look like to you? The answer is subjective and depends a lot on your upbringing. Morals, desires, and even the idea of fun itself — seep into our consciousnesses via cultural osmosis from whichever part of the world we happened to grow up in. Cultures play a part in both orientating and distorting the human experience, and even command the power to manipulate our thoughts on life.

Here are a few quick examples of how extremely different cultures can be: in the West few things are as reprehensible as cannibalism. Yet in Papua New Guinea eating the dead is an integral funeral rite and part of the celebrations. In Hindu India cows are sacred. In pretty much the rest of the world they are delicious to eat on a hamburger.

What I’m trying to say is that, when you consider just how vastly different people behave around the world, and how those behaviours are manipulated by their upbringing and host cultures, it shouldn’t really be surprising to learn that how stories are told in other cultures can also be vastly different.

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