Browsing Senior Honors Theses by Department "Anthropology"
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A Pathological Study from HumaymaThis study aims to understand and reconstruct the over-all health and treatment of domestic animals at Humayma through the results of a study of animal paleopathology. The study is a general overview of a sample of remains from the 2012 dig season of Humayma, with particular attention to which bones show pathological lesions and what pathologies are present. This study illustrates how animal paleopathology enriches our understanding of past cultures.
Rescuing Girlhood from Sexual Slavery: A New Approach for Prevention of Sexual Slavery in NepalMany campaigns to end sex trafficking have been successful at conjuring images of innocent girls abducted from impoverished lands while doing little to actually address the greater issue of culturally accepted sexual exploitation of women and children. This research focuses on policy reform and educational programs to prevent sexual exploitation in Nepal. Nepalese girls face economic, socio-cultural, and political barriers to their livelihood in a country that overwhelmingly exploits them sexually. Through a critique of historical policies and programs that have more interest in regulating the sex industry to the fringe of society, this investigation recommends a new approach that goes beyond simply rescue and rehabilitation of “victims” to target the underlying forces that contribute to sexual exploitation.
Saddle Sore: Skeletal Occupational Markers of Habitual Horseback RidingHorses became a prominent part of everyday life for many tribes and communities many centuries ago. The horse has been used for transportation, war, and pleasure. These people who habitually used horses for all of these different functions show evidence of this within their skeletal remains in antiquity. The human skeleton can deform and change based on the amount of stress and activity put onto the bones. Seeing the affects of horseback riding on the human skeleton can help researchers, archaeologists and anthropologists find out more about the communities that they are looking at. The skeletons from antiquity and modern-day horseback riders can be affected in similar and differing ways, the body can start to form different growths or pits based on the level of stress. The human skeleton is amazing, but can give great insight into the lives of people everywhere.
The Story of How the World Began: An Anthropological Analysis of Creation MythologyThis paper addresses the theme of the creation myth in a selection of cultural groups. Cultures around the world have developed their own mythologies each with their own pantheon of gods, goddesses, and heroes. They also have been spreading throughout the world since the beginning of humankind. As such, each culture not only has a different way of explaining creation, but they each have different ideas as to how something was created, as well. Every mythology is either subtly or extremely different from other culture’s mythology which is why creation mythology is such an interesting topic; no two mythologies are identical, yet there can almost always be found at least one similarity between myths. The creation of the universe, the Earth, and humans, are three major subjects covered in nearly, if not all creation mythology. It is part of the human condition to want to explain occurrences of the past, why things are the way they are within a present context, and to explain how something was created. The focus of my research is the comparison of the similarities and the differences found within each creation myth of the specific cultures I have chosen. Also, the myths relevance to modern society will also be examined. It is possible that by studying each cultures mythology, information on the beliefs, the practices, and the overall ideologies of that culture can too be revealed. The cultures discussed within this analysis are the Iroquois Nation, the Aztec, the Inca, the Norse, the Mesopotamian, the Yoruba, the Chinese, and the Maori. These cultures were chosen since they are spread throughout the world both geographically and chronologically, which provides a holistic look at creation mythology. Specifically these cultures were located in what would today be considered, the eight major geographical areas of the world which are as follows: North America, Mesoamerica/Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Oceania. The structure of this paper will begin with an explanation of terms pertinent to the research. Then the theoretical analysis will be discussed followed by the methodology that was utilized. Background information of each culture, a synopsis of each culture’s creation mythology, and my analysis of the major themes found within the creation mythology will come next. The comparative analysis will also be described along with the diversity found between the eight chosen culture’s creation myths. Finally creation mythology’s relevance to modern society will be discussed.