Almost every anthropology source I’ve read in the last six months has highlighted some version of this:
If our short history of experience with archaeology is any indicator, it can be very dangerous (and painfully wrong) for us to transfer our customs and beliefs onto other cultures and civilizations which don’t have our culture or knowledge base.
However we can more easily transfer broad generalizations from and across various cultures when we discuss how humans used memory and orality (within their cultures) particularly when they would never have interacted with each other.
We cannot transfer beliefs or customs from one culture to another, but we can transfer generalisations from multiple cultures about how humans maintain critical knowledge when they are dependent on memory. 1
- broader terms (BT):
- narrower terms (NT):
- related terms (RT):
- used for (UF) or aliases: