Mexican American Culture Essay

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As I begin this essay comparing two separate cultures I feel it is necessary to first describe what exactly culture is. Culture has been called "the way of life for an entire society." It includes codes of manners, dress, language, religion, rituals, norms of behavior such as law and morality, and systems of belief.

Various definitions of culture reflect differing theories for understanding or criteria for evaluating human activity. Edward Burnett Tylor writing from the perspective of social anthropology in the UK in 1871 described culture in the following way: "Culture or civilization, taken in its wide ethnographic sense, is that complex whole which includes knowledge, belief, art, morals, law, custom, and any other capabilities and
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Other religions make up the remaining 5%, with the most notable growth among The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Jehovah's Witnesses.

The music of Mexico is extraordinarily diverse and features a wide range of different musical styles. The best-known Mexican genre by far is ranchera, interpreted by a band called mariachi. This style of traditional Mexican song which is considered old-fashioned but respected traditional music and is usually listened to as much as modern music.

Mexico is known for its folk art traditions, mostly derived from a combination of the indigenous and Spanish crafts. Particularly notable among handicrafts are the clay pottery made in the valley of Oaxaca and the bird and animal figures made in the village of Tonala. Colorfully embroidered garments, cotton or wool shawls and outer garments, and colorful baskets and rugs are seen everywhere.

Bullfighting is a very popular sport in Mexico, and many large cities have bullrings.Bullfights usually occur on Wednesdays, and other weekdays. Other popular sports and activities include soccer, boxing, baseball,and basketball. The game of soccer, known as fútbol is by far the most popular sport in the country. Every state has its own representative teams. The country has hosted two international sporting events, including the Summer Olympic Games in 1968 and the World Cup in 1970 and in 1986.

A blend of all of these aspects is what