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Written by: Tom U. Okure, PhD
Who am I or you to judge what is right or wrong in other people’s tradition or culture. You may not like other people’s tradition, but just have an open mind and you may learn something from the experience.
But What Exactly Is Tradition?
It is a complicated concept. Nevertheless, it essentially refers to the time-honored practice of passing on or passing down cultural elements such as social norms of a people from one generation to another generation, especially through oral communication.
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It can take the form of ideas, rituals or customs, behavioral patterns, dressing styles and even a mode of thought carried on by a people (family, tribe, nations, race etc.) on an ongoing basis across generations. The term "invention of tradition" originally credited to one E. J. Hobsbawm refers to a situation where a new practice or object is presented in a way that suggests a link to the past which may not necessarily exist. Traditions have been known to be created deliberately and publicized for political, personal, national or commercial purposes.
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Did You Know That:
A tradition can be adapted and modernized to conform to current and global trends while maintaining key aspects of its cultural elements. ~ Dr. Tom Okure
Now You Know !!