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A child's age starts counting when it's a song in his mother's mind (thegodmolecule.tumblr.com)
10 points by urlwolf 1548 days ago | hide | past | web | 2 comments | favorite



A very interesting article.

Though I felt that this part:

"If at any time during his or her life, the person commits a crime or aberrant social act, the individual is called to the center of the village and the people in the community form a circle around them. Then they sing their song to them.

The tribe recognizes that the correction for antisocial behavior is not punishment; it is love and the remembrance of identity. When you recognize your own song, you have no desire or need to do anything that would hurt another."

was the writer interpreting the practice through their own values. "The tribe recognizes that the correction for antisocial behavior is not punishment" - do we know that this is what the tribe thinks? To me, the practice sounds more like a mix of punishment and rehabilitation (in a lot of shame-based cultures, having family and friends remind you of your wrongdoing would certainly be seen as a punishment). I'm not saying I'm right, either, just that you have to be wary of the "noble savage" delusion, the idea that more traditional societies show us how our society should be structured.


Too few details. Is this a real story or only an inspiring tale? What's the name of the tribe? Is there an article in Wikipedia about this? An article in the International Journal of Anthropology?




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