Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture

Culture In India

Culture

The word culture comes from the Latin word meaning to cultivate, as in agriculture. It gained its modern usage in the 1800s.

What is this culture of which we speak?

Is in the brightly-coloured baubles in the shops?

Is it in the high-flown opera to which I do not go?

Is it in the book I am reading?

Is it in the conversations I have?

Where is it when the conversation runs dry?

Where is it when I am silent and meditating on my breathing?

Is it given to me or do I have to find the key?

Is there more to come or is this all there is?

27 comments

  1. Sandeep Bhalla · April 27, 2013

    If I may say so, culture is the river of civilisation. Habits and rituals keep changing slowly. This river picks up new things from the banks, and leave a few thngs behind. I think, golf was born in Scotland but it is now an important part of culture of USA.

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    • David Bennett · April 27, 2013

      Yes, you may say so. Always, you may say so.

      I wasn’t thinking very hard when I wrote my commentary – but I was mostly concerned with value. What value is placed on this, versus that, cultural aspect? Is it all in the eye of the beholder?

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      • Sandeep Bhalla · April 27, 2013

        I will go with Budhha. There is no intrinsic value in anything. At best things are of relative value or as you said it “in the eye of beholder.” BTW Distant is always attractive.

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  2. Maria · April 27, 2013

    A mix of both. The imagery Sandeep presents through his analogy of the river and I do believe a river itself is different to each person – it’s in the eye of the beholder.

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  3. rutheh · April 27, 2013

    Intriguing photograph for the challenge!

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    • David Bennett · April 27, 2013

      It was a performance in a haveli in Udaipur in Rajasthan. 🙂

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  4. Tina Schell · April 27, 2013

    Wonderful capture and interesting, thought-provoking discussion. Good job

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  5. Tina Schell · April 27, 2013

    I think there are so many interpretations it’s hard to answer the question but for the most part, the traditional spin on culture is something that helps people to bond together, yet taken to the extreme it causes them to ostracize others. I’d like to see cultures protected as an important element of continuity, so long as those who share it do so without prejudice toward non-members.

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    • David Bennett · April 28, 2013

      I like ‘something that helps people bond’ – that seems a good route into it.

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  8. Sunshine · April 28, 2013

    very lovely photograph…almost like a painting. ♥

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  10. SeniSilat · April 28, 2013

    Really great…

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  19. Madhu · May 1, 2013

    A beautiful shot that draws the viewer in!
    Culture gives a people identity I think, quite like a family name differentiates one from another. Being cultured is quite another thing 🙂

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    • David Bennett · May 1, 2013

      Yes, and it has to do with whether one identifies with the culture.

      ‘Being cultured’ has huge overtones of class divisions in the UK (actually, less so in Scotland).

      The BBC recently announced a new ‘class calculator’ that included cultural tags.

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      • Madhu · May 1, 2013

        Interesting. And sounds a bit discriminatory, quite like our infamous caste system 🙂

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