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That cultural diversity was being reduced and that traditional practices were slowly being eradicated because of incoming outside influence It was basically the anthropologist s nightmare But on the other hand I also think that this is a natural conseuence of the progress of science and technology And it is simply natural to expect that the group with the better science will ultimately prevail On top of that I guess I do not believe in cultural relativism any I suppose part of me already thinks that there are some cultural aspects that have Never Say Never flaws and must not be embraced simply because they are part of some cultureTakeemale genital mutilation Fetish Affaire for example Should we allow it arguing that this practice is deeply ingrained in some African societies and we should embrace cultural diversity and by extensionemale genital mutilation Or should we abolish it because we know scientifically that it actually is not beneficial Lives of Notorious Cooks for theemale Reflecting on it I don t believe there is an absolute truth Truth and its implications are relative and change over time But I do think that if you take time constant and take a snapshot of the state of affairs of the world in one particular time then you would see absolute truth so to speak I do not buy the idea that my truth can be different rom yours right now in this moment But I do recognize the possibility that my truth can be replaced with some other
superior truth later in a different time After all this is scientific progress If you give me a better hypothesis truth later in a different time After all this is scientific progress If you give me a better hypothesis by all means I would adopt that hypothesis But don t tell me that your current hypothesis "Is Also Valid When My "also valid when my hypothesis explains the world better than yoursAll of this is at the intellectual level but what I don t want to orget and now mention is the act that there are tragic conseuences to these scientific and technological advances This book makes me think on how one can advance science and technology and yet still be responsible in doing it When Europeans arrived to Africa they were brash and cruel treating locals as second class citizens sometimes even as slaves All because they had the better science All because their medicines were effective than the goat sacrifices of the Kikuyu All because their guns were powerful than the spears and swords of the Kikuyu warriors But I think one thing lacking here is the respect or human rights This is a tricky song to dance to but as responsible human beings I think it should always فرهنگ معاصر پویا/ انگلیسی-فارسی-دو جلد در یک جلد factor into all decisions we make It is one thing to advance science but it is another to advance it responsiblyOverall Iound this book very moving and raises important uestions that are relevant to us all even now in the 21st century I give it 5 out of 5 stars And I am glad that Richard Dawkins has recommended it to meSee my other book reviews here Very interesting novel about T-Force four generations of a Kikuyu tribe their customs history and relationship with the British colonialists A good read to really explain the tribes life through interesting times. Ontrol And as the strangers move across the land the tribe rapidlyinds itself Wilder Girls forced to obeyoreign laws that seem at best bizarre and that at worst entirely contradict the Kikuyu's own ancient ways rituals and belief. .
Elspeth Huxley Ó 2 Summary.
I loved the iction look into pre *COLONIAL KIKUYU LIFE I ESPECIALLY LOVED *Kikuyu life I especially loved point of view Strange Weather from which the story is told that of the Kikuyu evident in the title of the book Red Strangers As opposed to the regular depictions of how strange pre colonial Africa was to the European Huxley shows just how strange and utterly incomprehensible dare I say senseless the Europeans and their ways were It made me reconsider a lot of what today is takenor granted and as matter of Its Only a Game fact in the way we run our worlds especially the inherited colonial ways in which we run the worlds of African nations A passage I liked that shows the idiocy of a prison system in dealing with wrongsrom pg 202 The affair of the young man s death is between Karue and my ather Waseru What has the stranger to do with it That is stranger s law
MATU KILLED HE EVIL MAN THEREFORE HE STAYS WITHkilled he evil man Therefore he stays with Then what does Karue receive in compensation or his son who is dead He not receive anything Then the stranger gets something or Karue s loss and Karue s clan gets nothing at all More a ictional anthropological study of the Kikuyu at the time of contact with Western civilization than it is a story of human beings Huxley is always a wonder on landscape but she s better with non Before Watchmen (Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre, fiction Read The Flame Trees of Thika and The Mottled Lizard instead Very interestingictional account of the profound effects the Ownership and Possession first Europeans had on the culture and lifestyle of the Kikuyu people of Kenya In theoreword the author states that she wanted to write this book in 1939 while there were still some people living who could remember the way of life before the white man came I have read several of Huxley s autobiographical works about her life in Kenya and The Harvest Murder feel that she probably got a lot of this right Red Strangers is the story of a Kikuyu village set at the time when theirst European colonisers arrived in Kenya and the changes that came with colonialism In beautiful exuisite prose Elspeth Huxley describes the ways of the Kikuyu the pastures where young boys are herding the goats of their Tim and Tobias (Tim and the Hidden People Book A1) fathers the sacredig trees whose roots grow down The Pool By the Whispering Trees (Tim and the Hidden People Book C1) from heaven instead of uprom earth and the majestic peak of Kerinyagga Mount Kenya High and remote the peak Magic in the North floated in the clean air above them guardedrom the impudent Imagining Gay Paradise feet of men by many spirits Above on thear white crest where no man could venture was the seat of God There he dwelt sending rain or withholding it according to his pleasure Sometimes when he prepared to go on a journey men could hear him cracking his joints w One of the best books König der Welten 1 for getting inside a different culture We see the worldrom the viewpoint of early 20th century Kikuyu people and how their world rapidly changes due to the arrival of English settlers The charcters are well developed and Love, and Other Things to Live For for the most part sympathetic Kikuyu culture is contrastedavorably with that of the settlers It is hard to believe that the book dates rom 1939 less than 50 years after the colonisation of Kenya beganI read the original edition. Growing up in Kenya in the early twentieth century the brothers Matu and Muthegi are raised according to customs that they are told have existed since the beginning of the world But when the 'red' strangers come sunburne. Huxley also wrote the wonderful Flame Trees of Thika about growing up in Kenya It s unny that I picked up this book because I had been reading a lot of Sci Fi and Vanity Bagh felt as though I should take a break In a similarashion
to many Sci Fi novels this story is of a irst contact situation and how that contact indeliblymany Sci Fi novels this story is of a irst contact situation and how that contact indelibly those involved The author does an excellent job of immersing the reader in the lifestyle and customs of the Kikuyu people The introduction of Europeans into their world is viewed through Kikuyu eyes and with only their interpretation of what the Red Strangers motivations could possibly be It is a Preaching to a Post-Everything World fascinating world to experience with these men oneoot in the past while another is stepping into a new and uncertain Mundane Grimoire future This book was on a Top 5 recommendation by Richard Dawkins noted atheist and author of The God Delusion He also wrote the Introduction to this It was tough toind evidently sent Hands-On Machine Learning with Scikit-Learn and TensorFlow: Concepts, Tools, and Techniques to Build Intelligent Systems from Great Britain by Barnes and Noble as it only shows British and Canadian pricing Theirst half of the book is told entirely of the perspective of African natives and their customs including Keys to inner space female circumcision and beliefs in magic and spirits The second half deals with the arrival of the Europeans the Red Strangers so called because of their sunburns and the enormous changes which resulted The story is still toldrom the African perspective considering machines such as automobiles It s amazing the way you ll Winner Takes All find yourself identifying with the most bizarre things Huxley hurls us into a world sooreign and primitive that initially one can t help but chuckle at the practices we re witness to But by immersing us in the culture so completely our affiliation with it grows to a point where when the Europeans appear their customs our own Registers of Illuminated Villages for the most part are the ones that seem ludicrous and counter to logic You ll be surprised at how stupid and cruel money will seem after reading this bookIfor no other reason check it out because of the glimpse it offers of a dying world and the revealing look at our own culture s arrogance towards practices it doesn t even try to understand This is such a tragic book And I was so torn while reading it mostly or conflicting ideas revolving around the
pros and cons of issues such as science technology asand of issues such as science and technology as as cultural relativism If these are topics that interest you then Red Strangers is a must readRed Strangers is a book by Elspeth Huxley cousin in law of Aldous Huxley narrating the conflicts that appear when European colonialists entered Kikuyu territory The book is written rom a Kikuyu perspective and the narrative spans 5 generations showing slowly how traditional Kikuyu rituals and customs are giving way to European ones It is amazingly written and immerses the reader right in the middle of the Kikuyu mindset such that when the Europeans arrive in the narrative Caleb the Overcomer familiar European customs become almost unrecognizable to the readerAll throughout the book I had little mental battles with myself On the one hand Iound it tragic. D Europeans who seek to colonize their homeland the lives of the two Kikuyu tribesmen begin to change in dramatic new ways Soon their people are overwhelmed by unknown diseases that traditional magic seems powerless to ,