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REDEFINING CULTURE

What is culture? The term culture itself is academically broadly defined and in no danger of misapplied, yet there seems to be an implicit, locally agreed upon criterion for what can be deemed cultural. This intrinsic collective idea is usually associated with the historical merit of the activity and eschews standard/official definitions. Consider the examples below. It is a Tuesday in February. A woman is standing out in the midday sun wearing a bedazzled bathing suit that cost more than some people make in a month. Soca music blasts. All around there are revelers, wining, grinding, all jamming to the beat, making their way down the road. Not just her fellow countrymen surround, tourists from everywhere are also exuberantly enjoying the experience. She probably feels energized, alive, a part of something bigger than just herself and these people. That feeling is perfectly understandable. This celebration is a relic of our past; a modern day continuation of an ancestral event. The masquerade and the purpose may not be along similar lines, but the preservation of festiveness, of letting loose of inhibitions, has allowed her to have that moment. Most would not dispute that this is culture at play. It is Saturday

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