The Extinction of Cultures Throughout history and the Prospects of the Future.

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The Extinction of Cultures Throughout history and the Prospects of the Future.

Post by Ruthenian_Fish on Sun Jul 09, 2017 12:27 pm

If you look into the past it's evident that many cultures, dialects/languages, and other human aspects that separate one tribe of people from another have disappeared permanently and have never been revived. Some examples of this include:

- The Arab invasions displacing/assimilating numerous Aramaic/Assyrian tribes in the Mashriq/Levant region.

- The Roman invasions destroying Illyrian, Gaelic/Celtic, and some Iberian cultures.

- And the vast amount of Germanic/Western Slavic tribes such as the Goths, Wends, and others that have simply been assimilated or vanished as a distinct cultural identity.

However, there are also examples of cultures surviving against all odds and maintaining their identity despite being displaced/oppressed. Such as the Jews, who not only maintained a cultural identity but also managed to revive a thousand year old language,Hebrew, while many other dialects as old as that have died out.

Based on current trends of the information age and globalization, it's unlikely that a genocide can go by unnoticed. So my question is this: Is it possible that in the future groups of people and nationalities that we know of today will be fully assimilated or fade away as a cultural identity?

Could we expect to see cultural extinction anytime soon?


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Re: The Extinction of Cultures Throughout history and the Prospects of the Future.

Post by Crel9 on Sun Jul 09, 2017 5:47 pm

Western Culture is the dominant culture right now, and likely for the foreseeable future. Most countries have a large segment of the population that wears western clothes, listens to western music, watches western films, etc. As this population is generally young it has a larger chance of continuing in the future, so it would continue the spread. I don't think western culture will wipe many cultures off the map. they will likely just become mixes of Local + Western. Some more arcane practices, or ones that are at odds with western values, may die off as the last practitioners die, but the bulk of it will continue. Food is one that will defiantly live on in most places, but things like clothes will likely change (outside of ceremonial occasions)

Their is no Religion that is growing rapidly except Atheism/Agnosticism. There are parts of the world where that may become the dominant religion, but i severely doubt it will be the majority anytime with the next 200 years.

English is the Lingua Franca. Flight, Businesses, most everything is done in English. It is the only language with any chance of becoming global anytime soon, at least as the language spoken in international business. Nations like India, with multiple different languages, will use English as a National Language (India already does), though the former French African Colonies may continue to use French for that.

Overall, I don't see many cultures or peoples that are not already very close to extinction, like these,
(https://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2011/apr/15/language-extinct-endangered) dying off, but those that are in danger probably only have a matter of decades.

What is more likely is that culture will be the thing that keeps communities united in the face of globalization, in the private lives of people, but that the public life will be very western.

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Post by HMS Prince of Wales on Sun Jul 09, 2017 6:10 pm

it's unlikely that a genocide can go by unnoticed. So my question is this: Is it possible that in the future groups of people and nationalities that we know of today will be fully assimilated or fade away as a cultural identity?

You are correct, genocide cannot go unnoticed. However, some cultures have been purposely eroded by governments to suit their agenda. An example would be the persecution of the Cham in Vietnam. The Champa were once a kingdom in the southern region of Vietnam, and are notable for their significant contribution to art and culture in the region. In 1832, the Vietnamese kingdom fully subjugated the region, and ever since then the people have been a cultural minority. Due to the frequently bloody history between the two nations, they have been subjected to numerous attempts to destroy their culture. As evidence from this excerpt from a wikipedia article:
Wikipedia.com, Human Rights in Vietnam, 10/7/2017 wrote:The Vietnamese government fears that evidence of Champa's influence over the disputed area in the South China Sea would bring attention to human rights violations and killings of ethnic minorities in Vietnam such as those which were committed in the 2001 and 2004 uprisings, and lead to the issue of Cham autonomy being brought into the dispute, since the Vietnamese conquered the Hindu and Muslim Cham people in a war in 1832, and the Vietnamese continue to destroy evidence of Cham culture and artifacts left behind, plundering or building on top of Cham temples, building farms over them, banning Cham religious practices, and omitting references to the destroyed Cham capital of Song Luy in the 1832 invasion in history books and tourist guides. The situation of the Cham compared to that of ethnic Vietnamese is substandard, with the Cham lacking water and electricity and living in houses made out of mud.

To answer your question of "whether we could see a cultural extinction any time soon", these events may lead to the destruction of a culture that contributed enormously to South-East Asian history.
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Re: The Extinction of Cultures Throughout history and the Prospects of the Future.

Post by Moarice on Sun Jul 09, 2017 8:18 pm

I honestly don't see it happening in the near future outside of people of tribes of Africa and Asia assimilating into their national, rather than tribal, identity, and even then I'd give it decades at the bare minimum.
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Re: The Extinction of Cultures Throughout history and the Prospects of the Future.

Post by jeanwickert on Thu Jul 13, 2017 3:10 am

If we are talking about languages, of the estimated 7000 of them nearly half are expected to disappear in this century. A rate of about one every two weeks. The vanishing of cultures and traditions is real and in my opinion a very sad thing.
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