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Chapter 3: Culture

Culture refers to the cumulative deposit of knowledge, experience, beliefs, values, attitudes, meanings, hierarchies, religion, notions of time, roles, spatial relations, concepts of the universe, and material objects and possessions acquired by a group of people in the course of generations through individual and group striving. Culture is the systems of knowledge shared by a relatively large group of people.

Thumbnail: Celebrations, rituals, and patterns of consumption are important aspects of folk culture. Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest Girl in front of Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest tent. Image used with permission (CC-SA-BY 3.0; Markburger83)