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Eating Christmas in the Kalahari

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“Eating Christmas in the Kalahari” by Richard Lee is a perfect example of naive realism. Lee   thought that Christmas would be seen throughout the world in a similar manner.   As Lee stated, individual who celebrate this holiday feel “Christmas is supposed to be the day of friendship and brotherly love”(Lee, Eating Christmas in the Kalahari pg 20). Therefore, Lee wanted to give a gift out of the spirit of Christmas. The !Kung feel individuals’ should be humble about gift giving. If you are not modest, they will knock your ego down a few notches. Even though Lee’s feelings were hurt in this situation, it only occurred because of the cultural misunderstanding between Lee and the !Kung. The meaning of giving for the !Kung is dramatically different, than Lee has ever experienced. read more.

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