Reflection piece 1
Mardi Gras Culture
Culture is the totality of learned, socially transmitted customs, knowledge, material objects, and behavior. Symbols are a gesture, object or word that forms the basis of human communication. Language is an abstract system of word meanings and symbols for all aspects of culture includes gestures and nonverbal communication. Norms are an established standard or behavior maintained by society. Values are a collective conception of what is considered good, desirable, proper, or what is considered undesirable in culture. Technology is cultural information about how to use the material resources of the environment to satisfy human needs and desires.
Symbols of Mardi Gras are everywhere especially in New Orleans, Louisiana. From the colorful beaded necklaces thrown from the endless floats, to the decorative Mardi Gras masks that adorn the riders faces. If you’re lucky enough you may be able to catch doubloons or even a hand decorated coconut from the Krewe of Zulu that parades on Fat Tuesday. The symbol colors of Mardi Gras are purple, green, and gold. Purple stands for justice, green stands for faith, and gold stands for power. The language of Mardi Gras comes with different terms such a throw which is a toss of something from a rider on a float. Doubloon is a coin thrown from a krewe’s float, and the captain is the ultimate leader of the krewe, and the krewe is the carnival organization.
The norms of Mardi Gras have to deal with the fact that Mardi Gras day is always the last Tuesday before Ash Wednesday which is the start of Lent which is a Christian observance forty days before Easter. It is called Fat Tuesday because it is the last day of eating meat until Easter Sunday, so many Christians eat as much meat as possible thus getting the name “Fat Tuesday”. The values would be kind of like the norms just enjoy yourself as much as possible before you give...