Diversity and Ethics in Communication – Term Paper Example

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This, however, does not mean that ancient cultures were perfectly comfortable with cloud formations. The fact that clouds changed shapes troubled many people and casted doubts in the minds of people. Overall, it can be safely said that ancient cultures viewed clouds as something magical because it was at that time foreign to human capacity of knowledge. Clouds were also seen by ancient cultures as an expression of God’s will. In the ancient Chinese culture, people interpreted different patterns in cloud formation as an indication of what God felt (Kieeman & Barrett, 2005).

The fickle nature of cloud formation was difficult to understand and this is why it is understandable why ancient Chinese cultures related cloud formation to God’s will. It was not possible in ancient times to scientific explain clouds and their formation. People had to rationalize how clouds formed and it seemed logical to link it with religion and God. It was also easy to believe that everything which was difficult to understand at that time was explained as a paranormal phenomenon. Ancient Chinese culture was also very mystical which is why the association between God’s will and cloud formation seem reasonable for the people of ancient times. Navajo tribe of Native Indians still believed and still believes that looking at the clouds while they are moving is not good because it leads to reduced ability to run fast (Bulows, 1982).

This belief, however, has no obvious rationale but Navajo people have believed in this for thousands of years and still traditional Navajo people believe in this myth. Looking upward towards the sky might trigger some dizziness because clouds seem to move all the time.

This is possibly why cloud formation and movement is linked to slow running. In culture of Somalia children are discouraged to point their fingers to the clouds because it is believed that it brings bad luck (Abdullahi, 2001). This is also interesting because this belief has been strong in Somalia from ancient times. Rain clouds are considered sacred and this is why it is possible that children were taught not to point at them. It is also important to note that the climatic conditions of Somalia are very dry and water is scarce.

This is why rain clouds were seen as something positive and the aim was not to do anything to make them go away. Pointing towards clouds might lead to lack of rainfall is just superstition however it is understandable why people have developed such myths. Ancient aborigines of Australia believed that blood of male members of the society can attract rain from clouds and this is why male blood was used in the ceremony in which rain was called upon (Schneider, Root, & Mastandrea, 2011).


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