Time for the Yanomamo Indians and Greeks Term Paper by Nicky

Time for the Yanomamo Indians and Greeks
A look at the concept of time for the Yanomamo Indians and the Greeks.
# 149093 | 2,026 words | 5 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Nov 24, 2011 in History (Greek and Roman) , Anthropology (Indigenous)

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The paper discusses how the Greeks' historical concept of time is both linear and circular, with the sun dominating its measurement. The paper contrasts this to the Yanomamo people's concept of time that is confined to whatever they see in their surroundings; if they cannot relate something to the number of fingers on their hands, then they cannot fathom the meaning of it. The paper goes on to demonstrate how the historical origins of these concepts are founded on the Yanomamo Indians and the Greeks' respective mythological concepts and beliefs in the origins of mankind.

From the Paper:

"The Greeks need not be introduced in this paper as exhaustively considering there are voluminous documents regarding who the Greeks are and their contribution to civilization. Although it is important to note that the "the spread of Hellenism affirmed the Greek model as the predominant one in the cultures that were to become the precursors of modem Western civilization (Thienhaus, 1999)." The Yanomamo Indians are another story because they have been a reclusive tribe living in the rainforests of the Amazon in Brazil and Venezuela. "The Yanomamo people of Central Brazil are one of the oldest examples of the classic pre-Columbian forest footmen. The Yanomamo live in almost complete seclusion in the Amazon rain forests of South America and, according to many anthropologists, are perhaps the last culture to have come in contact with the modern world. (Kittelson & Stafford, 2009)" Imagine these two groups of people living on opposite sides of the world - one group is the cradle of Western civilization while the other still exists in the most rudimentary way "living in small bands or tribes and live in round communal huts called shabonos, which are actually made up of individual living quarters (Kittelson & Stafford, 2009).""

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Chagnon, N.A. (2002, May 10). Doing fieldwork among the Yanomamo. [Online] Retrieved June 20, 2009 from, http://www.anthroprof.org/documents/Docs102/102articles/yanomamo1.pdf.
  • Gallois, W. (2007). Time, religion and history. Harlow, UK: Pearson Education Limited.
  • Kittelson, A. & Stafford, A. (2009). Yanomamo. [Online] Retrieved June 20, 2009 from, http://www.mnsu.edu/emuseum/cultural/southamerica/yonomamo.html.
  • Thienhaus, O.J. (1999). Jewish time: Ancient practice, Hellenistic and modern habits, Freud's reclaiming. [Online] Retrieved June 20, 2009 from, http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0411/is_4_48/ai_59120280/?tag=content;col1.
  • Yanomamo. (2009). [Online] Retrieved June 20, 2009 from, http://everything2.com/title/Yanomamo.

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Time for the Yanomamo Indians and Greeks (2011, November 24) Retrieved February 05, 2023, from https://www.academon.com/term-paper/time-for-the-yanomamo-indians-and-greeks-149093/

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