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THOUGHTS FROM THE BENCH

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May/June 2024
I am so old that I canremember a fresh faced David Attenborough making ground breaking explorations into the great unknownregions of the planetwhen it was black and white and not green and blue as it is these days I remember,whilst still possessing at least that one faculty seeing for the first time native peoples being filmed in any serious way. We were given insights into tribal rituals of mating and ensuring a fruitful hunt and were amazed at the lengths tribal people ( of both sexes) went to scar and tatoo themselves and stock items through their noes and ears to attract a mate or scare an enemy We were astoundeed to be given insight into a tribe inthe jungles, of Java I think,where a ritual building an, 80ft high bamboo tower on the side of a hill and young men proceeded to throw themselves off the tower withonly a vine tied to their ankles to enable them to become a ‘man’. Some of them hit the groundrather hard and sustained injuries to become a ‘man’ We had scenes of Maasai warriors performing their now famous tribal dance which enatailed springing repeatedly into the air on a single spot in unison whilst chantig. How eye catching and enlightening it all was seeing how undiscovered primative peoplelived, away from the influence of western culture. How the pundits warned that we were in danger of contaminating these “primative “ cutures just by our presence. Perhaps , they were right.Looking at today’s documentries about tribes in the Amazon who when filmed all are wearing Man United T shrts, cro shorts, trainers and carry the obligatory mobile phone. What of course was forgotten is reverse cutural contamination. You only have tolook at the number of people who sport tatoos, body and facial piercings and plugs to “enhance their appearance and draw attention to themselves. Also we now have bungee jumping( yippee!) and visit any nightclub from here to Ibiza which will present you with the brightly dressed Massai warriors jumping without the tradition or the spears ( though they may have knives) but grunting in unison I was taught early in life to only adopt or copy things that enhanced your life and not mindlessly copy everything
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THOUGHTS FROM THE BENCH

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I am so old that I canremember a fresh faced David Attenborough making ground breaking explorations into the great unknownregions of the planetwhen it was black and white and not green and blue as it is these days I remember,whilst still possessing at least that one faculty seeing for the first time native peoples being filmed in any serious way. We were given insights into tribal rituals of mating and ensuring a fruitful hunt and were amazed at the lengths tribal people ( of both sexes) went to scar and tatoo themselves and stock items through their noes and ears to attract a mate or scare an enemy We were astoundeed to be given insight into a tribe inthe jungles, of Java I think,where a ritual building an, 80ft high bamboo tower on the side of a hill and young men proceeded to throw themselves off the tower withonly a vine tied to their ankles to enable them to become a ‘man’. Some of them hit the groundrather hard and sustained injuries to become a ‘man’ We had scenes of Maasai warriors performing their now famous tribal dance which enatailed springing repeatedly into the air on a single spot in unison whilst chantig. How eye catching and enlightening it all was seeing how undiscovered primative peoplelived, away from the influence of western culture. How the pundits warned that we were in danger of contaminating these “primative “ cutures just by our presence. Perhaps , they were right.Looking at today’s documentries about tribes in the Amazon who when filmed all are wearing Man United T shrts, cro shorts, trainers and carry the obligatory mobile phone. What of course was forgotten is reverse cutural contamination. You only have tolook at the number of people who sport tatoos, body and facial piercings and plugs to “enhance their appearance and draw attention to themselves. Also we now have bungee jumping( yippee!) and visit any nightclub from here to Ibiza which will present you with the brightly dressed Massai warriors jumping without the tradition or the spears ( though they may have knives) but grunting in unison I was taught early in life to only adopt or copy things that enhanced your life and not mindlessly copy everything