Conflicts regarding tradition

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Post by akeseh »

An African proverb says "tradition die hard" I will go for legends.
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Post by Momlovesbooks »

Traditions and data are both important. Traditions are a bond within families and cultures. I agree with others that there needs to be a happy medium between the two.
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Post by JadeK »

I agree that there is importance on both sides. Legend and data. They are both valuable and each has their own reasons for being important. I think there is a way that these two can complement each other and not have to just be one or the other.
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Post by onixpam »

I think both legends and data support each other, data could give us some direction, but legends complete that information, sometimes both of them go for different paths but at the end maybe they would be mixed in a wonderful missing history.
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Post by gen_g »

Job Njoroge wrote: 02 Oct 2017, 08:51 Data and legends should work to complement each other since the legends have reasons backing them some sound others not
I agree with this, as I feel that both legends and hard data have their advantages. After all, tradition is still based on hard facts at point of creation - it is a never-ending cycle.
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Post by Britty01 »

I can understand why Tom would want to bury the Atlatl with his grandfather, I expect there would have been several emotional reasons for that. When he had time to think about it on a different level he understood why they should bring it out of the forest.

Regarding data vs legend, Myra was emotionally invested in the legends and tales of her ancient people.
Sergei was a scientist, he thought logically, but he explained how the geological landscape fit with Sarah’s story. They talked about the land bridge where the Bering sea is now. Sergei had noticed how Sarah felt when she thought no-one else had tried to verify her story by talking with her about it. He asks the fisherman, William and Tom if the voyage was feasible and if it would fit with the story, that’s when I understood the importance of the moons in Sarah’s tale. Sergei explained to Myra that yes, the mix of geology and the dream Sarah related was data. He also explained how Sarah’s sighting of the short-faced bear fit in with the legend as these were known to have existed 60,000 years ago. The sliver of the Atlatl confirmed it was bone from a Siberian mammoth. Unfortunately, the Atlatl was lost.

That was probably one of my favorite parts of this book. It was then that I realized the story would end unexpectedly. I hope one day, they might solve that mystery.
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Post by Radhika_puri »

I think both tradition and data are equally important as Tradition help us to make what we are and what our values are. On the other hand data help us to know what happened in past and what should we do now. So both are important.
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I think the two complement each other.
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Post by SarahAlligator20 »

Data is mostly factual; legends are more flexible. Both are not always accurate, though. I'd say data wins the argument in being practical, but practicalism doesn't account for human emotion and attachment to history, something that is often discounted.
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