• http://blamer.wordpress.com @blamer

    I’ll try to be descriptive. Although I’m wary descriptions of a specific culture almost can’t help but hint at some proscriptive agenda.

    I’m unsure if modern anthropologists would agree with my description, but it seems that modern technologies have allowed for the emergence of a “global” culture (or perhaps we might talk of one internet denizen as belonging to multiple global cultures) to the extent that the South African culture of the OP might now be legitimately berated like a deviant subculture, moreso than merely an uncomfortable neighbouring culture that we expect has little-to-no impact on ourselves.

    Once the existence of these islands of “ethically dubious” (sub)cultures enters our modern global consciousness, it seems remiss of our global culture to report on it with the detachment and ethical neutrality we thoughtfully adopt when describing an ancient culture that has since vanished.