Like many of you’ll even when I heard ‘Anthropology’ for the first time when I was in my high school, I was taken aback in wondering what on earth that was?
The lexeme Anthropology is derived from Greek, where anthrop means “man” and logy means “study”. Hence Anthropology is a study on human beings as they exist in their own worlds! Tangled? Let me simplify it for you. It’s about studying a particular tribe or a culture or a tradition or a race as it is.
It is a Natural Science. Few of the examples of Natural Sciences are
- Philosophy, and
- Sociology etc.
The person who studies Anthropology is called as an Anthropologist or an Ethnographer.
Sub-divided fields of Anthropology are:
- Cultural anthropology
- Archaeological anthropology
- Physical anthropology
- Linguistic anthropology
- Food anthropology(quite of you’ll would be shocked to know about this, but yes it exists)
- Travel and tourism anthropology
- Pilgrim anthropology
- Media anthropology
Anthropology is studying contemporary human culture and also ancestral human culture. It is imperative for us as human being to know where we basically come from, what our origin is and also understand the culture outside our own. Isn’t it? It would help us to digest reason behind why a particular ritual is followed. Let me make it clearer to you’ll with an example:
In Kaura Tribe in Australia, the family eats the flesh of a new born baby if, they already have a child who is breast feeding. Any common person would say ‘what an inhuman act!’ or ‘how can someone be so violent?’ but an Anthropologist cannot say that! YEAH, they can’t. Instead they have to find reason behind such a behavior. According to Kaura tribe the flesh of new born babies is very delicious! They have a thirst for the flesh; they posit that it makes their heart strong.
There are many more such paragon which might be weird for people who are not associated with Anthropology. For a research, anthropology has a very strict principle – an Anthropologist is not allowed to be biased during the research or while making the report on the research, because if his biases are involved in the research one cannot be successful in the research.
What after Anthropology? Teaching?
So all those who still have same question in mind, I would like to clear that it is not limited to Teaching. Anthropology is a very vast field. Anthropologist can get into Services, cultural ambassadors, research or a freelancer anthropologist and of course teaching.
People who like to study or feed their brain with knowledge about culture and tradition will surely be in love with anthropology. Anthropologists have a habit of getting deep into the root of culture and find out answers to many unanswered questions.
“I wondered why she craved this knowledge and found myself remembering that she was, after all, an anthropologist.”
― Elizabeth Kostova, The Historian