Re: culture as gene-flow regulator: the arunta

Robert Snower (
Wed, 18 Sep 1996 04:26:52 GMT (Lars Eighner) wrote:

>In our last episode <51nbac$>,
>Broadcast on sci.anthropology
>The lovely and talented (Robert Snower) wrote:


>>Equally universal as an ancient item of culture is totemism.

>I'm curious to know what you think "universal" means.

>You have just cited circumcision, which is not universal, and
>now you are speaking of totemism, which is not universal. So
>I suppose it makes sense in some way to say that they are
>equally universal, in that they are both not universal.
>When you have finished discussion practices that are
>"equally universal" are you going to discuss some that
>are "more unique" exhibit, on one metaphorical level or another.

Features of a prototypical prehistoric culture of which all actual
prehistoric cultures are literal or metaphorical versions.

Best wishes. R. Snower

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