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Benjamin Franklin vs. Olaudah Equiano (African)/ Comparative Autobiographies
A 5 page paper that compares the autobiographies of Benjamin Franklin and Olaudah Equiano. This paper considers the way in which each many writes about their cultures, society considerations, and difficult problems in America and Africa. Franklin's...
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Santeria & Voodoo Religion(s)
13 page-long elaborate discussion of religion in Africa. Divided into sections, key focuses are on : Animism (the religious belief that everything on Earth is imbued with a powerful spirit, capable of helping or harming human needs), Voodoo, and the...
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An Argument for Monogamy
In this 5 page report, the writer makes an excellent argument for monogamy-- describing it in an historical context as actually outdating polygamy. The evolution of hunting societies and the imbalance of sexes in society are two of the many causal...
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Monogamy & Polygamy
This 10 page paper examines the practices of monogamy and polygamy and concludes that monogamy is the best choice. The conclusion comes after an examination of a variety of cultures that have allowed for multiple spouses. Bibliography lists 9...
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Women As Part Of The History Of The Sahara
This 15 page paper looks at the nations surrounding and affected by the Sahara Desert, as well as role of women in Saharan Africa throughout history. Bibliography lists 14 sources.
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Piercing & Tattoos / Cultural Expression
An 8 page overview of the cultural underpinnings of body piercing and tattoos. The writer provides a brief history, health aspects, and negative and positive concepts about the latest form of body expression. The author argues that these forms of...
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Female Circumcision & Genital Mutilation
Approximately 6 pages in length. Paper discusses issues concerning female circumcision/genital mutilation. Cultural reasons (draws heavily upon African culture) and medical/health effects are examined. Bibliography lists 7 sources.
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Ritualistic Female Mutilation
A 9 page essay on the practice of female genital mutilation considered traditional in many parts of Africa. Though not as prevalent in the cities, the estimated numbers of girls subjected to the ritualistic surgery, normally without the benefit of...
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(The) Hanging Gardens of Babylon
A short, 3 page discussion of the Hanging Gardens of Bablyon, their story & features. Focus is upon what makes them one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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The Influence Of African Art in Haiti
A 10 page paper that describes the influences of African art on Haiti and looks at some early Haitian artists and considers the role of their African heritage in the development of their craft. Bibliography lists 8 sources.
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West African Culture
A 3 page review of textbook information on early West African culture (literature, poetry, music, dance, sculpture etc.;) and heritage as well as its similarity to that of Native American Indians.
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African Tribal Groups / The Nuer and E.E. Evans-Pritchard
A 7 page paper that reviews Evans-Pritchard's perspectives on the culture, society, community, and kinship of the Nuer of the Southern Sudan. 1 source cited.
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The Nuer Religion & Its Views Of Nature
A 10 page paper discussing the Nuer religion in Africa and its views regarding nature, as well as the foundation for those beliefs. There are currently close to one million Nuer living in the Sudan and Ethiopia. Bibliography lists six sources.
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The Xhosa People / Culture & Clash With Europeans
The Xhosa speaking nation in South Africa is second only to the Zulus in numbers. This 11 page report describes their location, society, history, culture, tradition, family life, etc.; The writer also covers historical tensions occurring between...
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The Abolition Of Transatlantic Slave Trade
A 9 page paper that provides an overview of the systems that supported transatlantic slave trade and the considers the elements that impacted abolition and its repercussions. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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