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Test

June 10, 2009

Test

…..Little bit nervous for the test results. Well I guess this will be the last post. Loved the paper and learning bout all the things surrounding rituals, and how you can apply them to heaps of stuff around you. Well hope everyone gets good results. Good luck!!!!

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Snow

May 31, 2009

SnowUh oh!!! I’m a little bit scared at the moment, I’m at home for the weekend in Taihape and it’s meant to snow really badly. I’m worried that I might not get back to Wellington tommorow which means I will miss the Tuesday morning lecture and the video for our test!!!! Fingers crossed the weatherman was wrong….

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Funerals

May 29, 2009

I thought Tuesday’s lecture on Hazes’ funeral was interesting cause it showed a funeral that was done completely against the norm (well I’m not really sure if funerals are different in The Netherlands, but it was different to the traditional English style funeral anyway). 

My Nana passed away recently and we had a sort of traditional funeral, and when the chaplain lady spoke I really didn’t like it as they talk as if they know the person and they don’t. But to go against this would be really unusual so its just kind of accepted as the way things have to be. Luckily us grandkids and my mum and her brothers and sisters did a lot of talking to. I was talking to my friend about it and she said at her Nana’s funeral no one from the family was aloud to speak at all because it was sticking with religious tradition, and she said she didn’t like it either.

So anyway I thought it was pretty cool how different Hazes’ funeral was and the things that they  did with his ashes, it was against the norm but it worked for them. It would be quite good if more people felt like they could do what they wanted and didn’t have to adhere so strictly to a set of rules.

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Weddings

May 23, 2009

I found the stuff about weddings last week and this week pretty interesting. You don’t think about how much people are expected to stick to a certain way of doing things, and anything outside the norm like wearing  a dress that’s not white (in western society at least) is quite unusual and rare. You think that marriage is a choice and its all up to you, but really society prescribes a lot of how you do things. Also about weddings as a political matter, like how the royal people would  marry as a way of making alliances or preventing war, even when the bride and groom had never even met each other. Wierd when you think about it.

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Tinui

May 9, 2009

Just thought I’d add a picture of the cross because my page is looking a little plain.

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ANZAC assignment

May 9, 2009

Just in the library at the moment finishing off ANZAC assignment. I went to the dawn service in Wellington and after that I went to my friends farm for his 21st. It was at Tinui which is where the first memorial was erected in 1916. It was quite weird while we were at his house and out at the yard and stuff you could see all these people walking through the paddock to the cross, and the news people were there too.  We were just sitting there drinking  and playing croquet while there’s all these people going to pay respect to the ANZACs so it was a bit of a contrast. So anyway that links to my assignment cause I’m focussing on the significance of memorials and how they are used, because I thought it was interesting the amount of emphasis placed on Tinui because of it being the first memorial. At 1413 words at the moment and I want to finish today so back to it…..

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Political rituals

April 6, 2009

Well its been a while since I last blogged, too long i think…. But anyway  I was just thinking about how the stuff in class about political rituals was quite interesting. I never really thought of rallies and inaugarations and stuff as rituals, just as an event, but when you think about it there’s a lot of work that goes into connecting to the public, making them a part of it, creating allegiances. Its sorta like silent manipulation in a way, and learning about it makes you more aware tactics they used so its not so easy to be fooled. Kinda reminds me of some of the stuff in media last year in advertising about different things they do to make you buy stuff. Same sort of stuff in some ways I guess.