The Binding of Culture

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This is the reason why not many Kashmiri Muslims eat beef and not many Kashmiri Hindus eat pork, as it was never a part of their culture. Even now, when Kashmiri society is considered to have been more radicalised, people strongly resist eating beef. One of my Kashmiri Muslim friends recently refused to eat beef served by a Hindu secularist as he had never eaten beef in his life.

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The same friend was warned by his mother against eating or bringing beef at home. Our daily lives are determined more by culture and less by religion.

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But the moment these roles are reversed and religion is imposed as culture, the entire social edifice threatens to collapse. Culture, unlike religion, is a binding force, and the culture of tolerance is the strongest at that. This is what Kashmir taught me and it is something I will always remember with nostalgia.

A culture of tolerance can be a binding force Much against the widespread impression that was sought to be created when independent legislator Engineer Rashid hosted a beef party to defy the ban and prohibition, the fact is that most Kashmiri Muslims do not eat beef. Independent legislator from J-K, Engineer Rashid, hosted a beef party to defy the ban and prohibition in the state. AP Photo.

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A young girl could be lifted out of poverty if her feet were small and perfectly curved, because that was more important to men than her social status [source: Holman ]. Foot binding also fostered the dominance of men over women. Since it was difficult for a woman to walk with bound feet -- the farthest she could walk was 3 or 4 miles 4. This made them more conservative and more willing to obey their husbands.


Their diminished mobility virtually ensured they couldn't have extramarital affairs, or run away to escape a beating when their husbands were displeased. As foot binding became entrenched during the Song dynasty , education for women was strictly curtailed and independent property rights outlawed [sources: Evans , Ross , Holman ]. On a more positive note, foot binding also created strong intergenerational bonds among the women, since they did all the binding and also had their feet bound.

Women were proud of their tiny feet. They regularly got together to sew their shoes, which were a major fashion statement [source: Gillet ]. Beyond relationships, foot binding reshaped China's architecture. The Chinese began building only single-story homes because it was so difficult for women to climb stairs. Streets and lanes were very narrow because the women needed to lean upon walls or railings when they walked [source: Ross ].

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Amazingly, foot binding also affected the world's colonization. While Westerners were rapidly exploring the globe and colonizing vast swaths of land, the Chinese opted out. Their women couldn't travel easily or perform the difficult manual labor necessary when pioneering a new country, and the men didn't want to leave their women.