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Creolization Essay – Assignment # 1

October 11th, 2010 · No Comments
Assignments · Creolization Essay - Assignment # 1

Clare Baxter
Soc 279
Assignment 1
Creolization can be described in the geography dictionary as “The hybridization of a culture, as it absorbs and transforms forces from outside; the production of new local forms in response to globalization”. This mean that ideas and customs from different cultures manage to travel around the world and each society adapts, and re-creates them. Societies and their cultures were created with ides and views of other cultures, which is why around the world everyone understands similar ideas from other countries; like McDonalds. No matter where you go or where you are from McDonalds is a known eatery, and each culture has adapted to it. Although the food may differ depending on the country, it still has the same idea.
So many ideas and concepts have travelled the world. An example I gave before was McDonalds, no matter where you go everyone understands the idea and concept of McDonalds. Other examples would be music, clothing/fashion, rituals, and cars. I’m sure there are plenty others, but those are just a few I can think of. Even though when you break down these groups they may differ by region, the core of it is still the same. Each society brings their personality to re-create it.
The creolization of music is one thing that really stands out to me; it seems to be a part of everyday life in so many cultures. In our society you can see that music is involved in many different occasions, happy, sad, good and bad; people turn to music. Many of us even use a song to describe the way we feel. Music and society have a close relationship; music is able to create social conditions. With the advancement of recording techniques, an abundance of music is now available to everyone at the click of a button. Some societies try to limit the use of music because it has too much of a poor impact on their listeners, yet in other societies, they celebrate music in their culture every day and they even have rituals set aside involving music.
Indian society is known for using dance and music as part of their daily life, also in celebrating certain occasions and for education. There is no known start date but according to Wikipedia; “The earliest account of Indian musical hymns is found in the 1000 BC Sāmaved.It proposed a tonal structure consisting of seven notes, which were named, in descending order, as Krusht, Pratham, Dwitiya, Tritiya, Chaturth, Mandra and Atiswār”. Indian society uses music as their praise and also as stories. India is most known for their rich traditions in folk music, sometimes confused with tribal music. Tribal and folk may sound similar but folk music involves more of the reflection of the society rather than the culture, which is tribal.
We as children learn to tie our shoes and hold a fork, in Indian society music is so strongly correlated with their day to day life, the children are taught the rituals just by hearing and seeing what goes on every day. The teach lessons through songs, embrace new achievements and stepping stones in a young woman’s life. Certain rituals like a young girl becoming a woman involve song, all the woman in the society and exclude the men. They are able to sing loudly about what is going on while giving the young girl her first sari (an Indian piece of clothing). Some instruments they may use for this would be; drums such as daf, dholak, or nal, sitar and saro.
In our society we have a very similar resemblance. Although, we do not use the same type of instruments or have their rituals, we still use music in our everyday life and celebrate numerous occasions. How the Indians sing to their god, we have bells ringing at the church. Or when a bride walks down the aisle, there is a song for that to let everyone know the bride is coming. We are not taught that these songs have a meaning, it’s like osmosis. Another idea of celebrating an occasion would be a birthday; we have a song for that as well. So even though we have different languages and different cultures, it is the same idea. We have music and use it for many different functions, especially for celebrations.

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