Nick Corduan (nickc@DORITE.IQUEST.NET)
Fri, 5 May 1995 13:26:39 -0500


It depends on what concept of "culture" you wish to do.

There is evidence, for instance, that Peruvian "witchcraft" -- which, I
believe may partly fit what you have in mind in terms of abberant behaviour --
is the result of the culture of the Spanish conquerors. (Their economic
teratment of the natives, their Catholocism, their attitude, etc...)

So in that sense, I suppose culture can lend to abberant behaviour. However,
I would suggest that what you are really dealing with is two cultures -- that
of the Spanish leaders and that of the native Peruvians. So one culture
contributes to another, but not to abberance within itself (in that example,
at least).


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