Digest of terms

customs

taken for granted habits and routines that are part of the established way of life of any particular community or cultural group. They relate especially to such basic features of life as abluting, clothing, and eating, or playing, mating and disposal of the dead. At an everyday level, they convey shared moral values, and embodied as tradition they exercise powerful influence on patterns of thinking even - or perhaps especially - in periods of rapid social change.

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