Prakash Reddy Travelled To Denmark…

Throughout history, it has mostly been Western anthropologists who travelled to India to study daily life in all its aspects. In 1989, however, the Indian anthropologist, Prakash Reddy, turned the tables on this Eurocentric trend and travelled to Denmark. Here he did fieldwork in the small village of Hvilsager and set out to study the daily life of its inhabitants. The result was the book 'Danes are like that! Perspectives of an Indian anthropologist on the Danish society'. Reddy highlights the many differences between Danish and Indian culture. [A Culture Shock] A major difference, and a culture shock for Reddy, was the Danish understanding and ways of engaging with hospitality, community and socialising. One of the first things Reddy noticed when he arrived in the village was that hardly anyone came to welcome him. Rather, they watched him from behind their curtains and did not greet him or welcome him at all. In contrast, according to Reddy, if a Danish anthropologist had arrived in an Indian village the entire population would have come to say hello and expressed their curiosity. Reddy felt rather alone, and critiqued the way in which individuals in Danish society are often isolated to the extent, he argued, that the village entirely lacked a sense of community.

- 400years.dk

Kanji: 村. Radical: 木. Number of strokes: 7. Meaning: “ village”. Pronunciation: ソン、むらson, mura.

Kanji: 里. Radical: 里. Number of strokes: 7. Meaning: “ village”. Pronunciation: リ、さとri, sato.

Koutammakou

Koutammakou

Koutammakou - Land of the Batammariba - A cultural landscape in northern Togo with traditional mud houses, a national symbol of Togo - UNESCO World Heritage Site 2004 – “… The Koutammakou landscape in north-eastern Togo, which extends into neighbouring Benin, is home to the Batammariba whose remarkable mud tower-houses (Takienta) have come to be seen as a symbol of Togo. In this landscape, nature is strongly associated with the rituals and beliefs of society. The 50,000-ha cultural landscape is remarkable due to the architecture of its tower-houses which are a reflection of social structure; its farmland and forest; and the associations between people and landscape. Many of the buildings are two storeys high and those with granaries feature an almost spherical form above a cylindrical base. Some of the buildings have flat roofs, others have conical thatched roofs. They are grouped in villages, which also include ceremonial spaces, springs, rocks and sites reserved for initiation ceremonies.”


Koutammakou - Terre des Batammariba - Un paysage culturel du nord du Togo avec des maisons traditionnelles en terre, un symbole national du Togo - Site du patrimoine mondial de l'UNESCO 2004 - « ...Le paysage du Koutammakou, situé dans le nord-est du Togo et s’étendant par-delà la frontière jusqu’au Bénin, abrite les Batammariba dont les remarquables maisons à tourelles en terre sont devenues un symbole du Togo. Dans ce paysage, la nature est étroitement associée aux rituels et aux croyances de la société. Le paysage culturel de 50 000 ha doit son aspect remarquable à ses takienta, maisons à tourelles qui sont le reflet de la structure sociale, ainsi qu’à ses terres agricoles et ses forêts, et à l’association entre le peuple et le paysage. De nombreux édifices sont à deux étages, et ceux dotés d’un grenier sont caractérisés par une forme quasi sphérique surmontant une base cylindrique. Certains bâtiments possèdent des toits plats, d’autres des toits de chaume coniques. Les maisons sont regroupées en villages qui comprennent également des espaces cérémoniels, des sources, des rochers et des sites réservés aux cérémonies d’initiation. »

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In Amazon rainforest (Venezuela, Brazil), the Yanomami people live under the roof of shabonos. (Yanomami lg)


Dans la forêt amazonienne (Venezuela, Brésil), les Yanomami vivent sous le toit des shabonos.

What is a piece of furniture? How to define it? From a bench on a village square to the service of a bourgeois dining room, from the comfort of a heated kotatsu to the relaxation of a rocking chair, how did furniture take its place in homes? How have they been renewed through the ages? Who made it? With what materials? What about modernity? ... (to be completed)

Qu’est-ce qu’un meuble ? Comment le définir ? Du banc posé sur la place d’un village à la desserte d’une salle-à-manger bourgeoise, du confort d’un kotatsu chauffant à la détente d’un rocking chair, comment les meubles ont-ils pris toute leur place dans les logements ? Comment se sont-ils renouvelés à travers les âges ? Qui en a assuré la fabrication ? Avec quels matériaux ? Qu’en est-il de la modernité ? ... (à compléter)

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