Culture is such a large, multi-dimensional term. Apart from the obvious anthropological meaning where we think of large cultural entities (e.g. Balinese, Mexican, Ghanaian, Canadian), I am also reminded of the subtle, or not so subtle, cultural variations within a given culture – that could be rural vs. urban, working class vs. white collar vs. super-rich, consumer vs. artisan, frugal vs. spendthrift, environmentalist vs. energy glutton, born-here’s vs. come here’s, and so on.
These are a few images I found while looking through my multi-cultural archives; I’ve loosely organized them into the following (and by no means complete) slideshow categories:
In all religions, people enjoy creating beautiful images to express their connection to the Divine:
We also create art just for the pleasure of playing with colors, textures, and shapes (in the case of superman, maybe I should have included that picture under devotional art instead?):
Art for Art’s Sake
Of course, Food can always be elevated to a cultural art form:
We are very lucky to have such a diversity of people, lifestyles, and customs on this planet! I can envision an almost endless number of posts on cultural diversity in clothing, tools, interpersonal relationships, non-verbal language, family events, cultural and religious celebrations, modes of transportation, housing, food and drink, dance, and so on. But this post alone took me all of a rainy Sunday to put together. So I will end it here.