Does Culture Determine Beauty?

What is Culture?
Culture may be defined as the increasing deposit of knowledge, beliefs, values, attitudes, meanings, hierarchies, religion, notions of time, roles, concepts of universe, and material objects and possessions acquired by a group of people in the course of generations through individual and group striving.

What is Beauty?
Beauty is the combination of some attributes, such as shape, colour, height and form that are pleased to sight.

Culture is beautified by diversity. There are thousands of cultural groups in the world today and each has its unique ideologies and practices. There are some things that differs from culture to culture. Beauty, taste and preferences are vary from one culture to the other. What is regarded as beauty in one culture may be ugly in another culture. Different people from different culture define beauty in different perspectives. We will not find uniform definition or description of beauty.

Our physical appearances, attitudes, gestures and how we adorn ourselves say a lot about us, about the society we live and come from.

In most Western cultures, beauty is associated with being slimn but in most parts of Africa and Asia, being fat was considered as ideal until the influence of Western media.

In India, long hair plays a vital role in defining beauty and Indians truly are admired for their extremely long hairs, which sometimes almost fall to the ground.

In most part of black Africa countries, only few women attained remarkable hair lengths and not that they did not give it intense care or nurturing.

In some of black Africa, women who are fair in complexion are usually considered beautiful and this is because the fair complexion is a very rare gift. In such a cases, all other physical features, whether perfectly formed or not, would be overlooked while attention will be given only to the fair complexioned skin.

If we continue to move from one tribe to another, beauty standard may differ but the admiration of how it is defined is always in the way of life.

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