Dating across cultures
People around the world celebrate the day, which is also known as the Summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and the Winter solstice in the Southern Hemisphere, with feasts, bonfires, picnics, and traditional songs and dances.11 interesting facts about the June Solstice Celebrations surrounding the June Solstice have a time-honored history.
In ancient times, the date of the June Solstice was used to organize calendars and as a marker to figure out when to plant and harvest crops.
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William Jankowiak is Professor of Anthropology & Ethnic Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. His research and teaching interests include ethnographic studies of contemporary Chinese society, especially Mongolian culture, as well as human universals such as love and family bonds.He begins by mapping out the intricacies of the love/sex conundrum and the psychological dilemma of reconciling these competing forces.He then follows with essays on sex, love, and intimacy among Central African foragers and farmers; the love dyad in Lithuania; intimacy among the Lahu of Southwestern China; the interplay of love, sex, and marriage in the High Himalayas; verbalized experiences of love and sexuality in Indonesia; love work as it relates to sex work among prostitutes; intimacies and estrangements in the marital and extramarital relationships of Huli men; infidelity and masculinity in Southwestern Nigeria; and the ritual of sex and the rejuvenation of the love bond among married couples in the United States. Jankowiak is professor of anthropology and ethnic studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.The pursuit of love and sex has generated an infinite number of ambiguities and contradictions, yet every community hopes to find a resolution to this conflict either by joining, dividing, or stressing one act over the other.In this follow-up to Romantic Passion: A Universal Experience? Jankowiak examines how different cultures rationalize the expression of passionate and comfort love and physical sex.
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