Tag Archives: culture

Why Are Gods Thought to Cause Weather?

Carol R. Ember and Ian Skoggard In many societies known to anthropology, people look to their gods for help and for explanations of unfortunate and traumatic events. Anthropologist Bronislaw Malinowski (1948) suggested that religion is…

An Anthropology of Dads: Exploring fatherhood in eHRAF

Are fathers and “fatherhood” underrepresented as a subject of inquiry in anthropology? According to evolutionary anthropologist Anna Machin, up until 10 years ago, fatherhood was neglected by researchers “due to the misguided assumption that it…

Knowledge is power: anthropology of proverbs

Francine Barone Proverbs are a simple way of expressing a well-known truth or adage based on common sense or experience. They are usually considered to be imbued with ancestral wisdom, passed down from generation to…

AAA Virtual Workshop: Teaching with the eHRAF Workbooks

Date: December 2, 2020 Time: 2:30-4:30pm EST Location: AAA Zoom Meeting platform Registration: Sign up here. Fee: none On December 2, 2020, HRAF will be facilitating a workshop via the American Anthropological Association in which…

Unconditional Love: Is devotion to pets a cultural universal?

If the number of cute animal memes on the internet is a fair benchmark, then the human love of pets is a powerful and global phenomenon. For many pet owners, their furry (or scaly) domestic…

HRAF at Yale University Announces Fulbright Award for 2020-2021

    The Human Relations Area Files (HRAF) at Yale University is pleased to announce that Dr. Teferi Abate Adem has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award in the field of anthropology for the 2020-2021…