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Put yourself at ease | 08/03/2008 17:45 |
Anthropology of Hospitality

Hosting foreigners: what does that mean? Basically, it means to face and negotiate the diversity. That’s why inspite - or thanks - to all misunderstandings, it is both a dramatic and amusing issue.

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History and anthropology are repertories of odd customs and beliefs, rude habits, sometimes arrogant requests, welcome rituals, and of course maybe queer but good practices also.

Homo sapiens is a territorial animal. Others are aliens. Strangers who step in our land have both a fragile and a virtually dangerous profile. They don’t know the place, they don’t have access to its hidden resources. They are exposed to weather inclemencies, animal attacks and human cheat. At the same time, they might be ill or aggressive, a threat to the community.

Be them merchants, explorers, missionaries, workers, journalists, tourists, in any case you can’t leave visitors alone, on the road, by themselves. They have to be put at ease, as guests. Ethnography tells us that hosting – inspite of all risks involved - is culturally  compulsory. Hospitality is taking the risk. For profit, in tourism case. Basically to host means to face and negotiate the diversity. That’s why, inspite or thanks to all misunderstandings, it is both a dramatic and amusing issue.

The presentation is a multimedia event, where old and modern pictures, sounds, readings and video clips are blended.

 
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