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Questions tagged [culture]

For questions dealing with the customary and artistic characteristics of a society.

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What I need to store culturally relevant data for a minimum for 1000 years [duplicate]

I want to write a story where the protagonists hunt down Apocalypse Repertory Caches, A.R.C.s. I had intended that A.R.C.s would be full to the brim with information: farming, medicine, civics, ...
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Would the nature of the marriage influence the rights of men? [closed]

It's a human-like race where women are bigger and stronger than men. For the most part, they are matriarchies. Roughly two types of marriages are predominant. In some societies, the man stays with his ...
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How would an isolated world grow its population, then keep it stable?

The scenario In the scenario that I'm imagining, a small group of people (ideally 100 or less) travel to a parallel universe and begin a new society. The new planet that they land on has one land ...
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How would a different society learn to use our technology

I'm a long time lurker and while browsing this site, I just got a question: If all of us humans are replaced with a different set of humans with a different script and language right now, how long ...
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A magic system at least partially based on the real-world cultural history of magic? [on hold]

I've long had difficulty trying to put this into words, and trying to find reliable sources that I could look into to inform me on how to move forward with my writing. I'm hoping someone out there ...
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Plausibility of this horrible cult [closed]

Central premise: A (nearly) all female cult of brainwashed women who are the consorts and children of a single male cult-leader--the Father. The Father possesses unusual longevity and remains fertile ...
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How would a unguligrade human (similar to a satyr/faun) ride a horse?

I am working on creating a fantasy race called the Aemani. As they are part deer they are unguligrade bipeds (like a faun or satyr). I am in the midst of creating their culture however I don't know ...
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Trial: If an animal has human or near-human intellect, how might a western legal system determine its personhood?

Suppose humans are living in conjunction with several intelligent and communicative species of animals, dogs and cats for example. These animals might be legally considered people; being held ...
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Cultural aspects in a world of swimming islands? [closed]

The world I am creating is made out of many swimming islands that move on a vast ocean. I have most of the physical aspects already, but I want to know how the culture and other social aspects would ...
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How to make religious sacrifices to their dark god sympathetic?

So, on the planet Dalia, there exists a civilization of intelligent creatures called the Dalians. The Dalians are extremely primitive (compared to most others) and have an extremely tribal, clan-...
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What event would cause a huge, dominant nation to adopt the language of a smaller, inferior one?

Inspired by this question. I was thinking about the constructed language I'm building and a group of countries in the history of my world, and ended up wanting to ask this question. Please do take the ...
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What if the world was basically reset but people still remembered things? [closed]

In my story, the world has come to a point where technology has advanced a bit farther than what we have now but the ecosystem is in a terrible state. With the aid of magic, one of the characters ...
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What might the political climate in the United States look like in twenty or thirty years? [closed]

I wrote a speculative science fiction novel in 2014, and last week I met a copy editor who suggested that I do some digging to find out how the society in which my character would be integrated would ...
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What would society be like if sex couldn't be told apart until puberty?

Gender roles have been historically assigned at birth. As soon as parents establish the sex of their children, they are molded into certain social categories. But what if humans didn't display sexual ...
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Gods are dogs, but why? [closed]

It’s obvious, really: “God” and “dog” are just two sides of the same coin. Literally any pantheon, deity, or divine force that’s ever existed - yep, they’re all dogs somewhere. But why? What reason ...
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What is the plausible possibility of a society not changing much from the grandparents' generation to current generation of that world?

Are there any plausible reasons that a culture would remain stagnant, such that since the time of your grandparents' generation your society's way of thinking remained the same?
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Building a Medieval/Victorian world. How should the architecture and culture be seen or visualized? [closed]

I'm thinking this new world should have Medieval tech, but with Victorian/Gothic architecture. I want to know a little about how a kingdom's capital might look and how the culture may be affected. ...
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Could a magic-filled world have religions that are unrelated to magic?

Essentially, this is a sort of brainstorming question: Say a world has many kingdoms and cultures, and each of these have magicians who can use magic, which includes things like improving physical ...
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What are some ways stop magicians from using magic without resorting to the old 'special anti-magic metal' cliche?

In my world, the magic-users have to open small, thin 'holes' in reality to tap into the power from the Realm they are tapping into. As a result, said tears in reality must stay open for them to use ...
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How to justify the coexistence of countries with different levels of development? [closed]

Note: The word "culture" refers to a collective of peoples and countries using the mentioned technologies. So I'm running into the problem that I want multiple technological environments in my world ...
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How to handle a warrior caste? [closed]

For generations, a hundred petty kingdoms have been in a state of constant war. This has led to the emergence of a warrior caste within the hundred kingdoms. The members born into this caste are ...
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Why might obesity be seen as attractive in their culture?

So, on the Jungle world of Qualis, the Qualian species evolved from small, tiny lizards to intelligent humanoid who dominated their planet. They built cities, from small towns to large metropolises, ...
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Explanation as to why Male/Female Wizards have sexy bodies [closed]

I know that RPGs employ eye candy tactics to players of their preferred sex in order to entice the players into the game. Male Wizards are sexy and muscular. Female Wizards are sexy and have big ...
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Why might a society perceive erasing from history as worse than death?

So, long, long ago, on a planet in the Milky Way, dwells the Qualian civilization. The time is around Earth’s 16th century, in the Tasadian Empire. Emperor Zora II has just been betrayed and nearly ...
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Language features of solitary mesocarnivorous humanoids

The Background I have a species of intelligent humanoids roughly modelled after bears. They're hulking great grizzly-sized solitary mesocarnivores. Genus Homo and descended from H. sapiens, but ...
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Would Aztec language work well with Chinese characters?

In the event of cultural contact between Chinese Explorers and Aztec/other Mesoamerican peoples, would these Mexican societies find the Chinese writing system to be useful for their record keeping? ...
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Would an advanced and peaceful alien race have schools? [closed]

I am designing an alien planet which is inhabited by a peaceful advanced race and I was wondering, do aliens have schools or an education system on their planet? If so, what do you think it would be ...
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How plausible is it for a 12-year-old girl to walk through a village in her swimsuit in England? [closed]

I'm writing a MG novel (MG is aimed at a core audience of Middle Grade readers aged 8 to 12) set in Northern England, but I don't live there, so I'm not familiar with the local sense of propriety. In ...
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What would be the right Cultural Name of People that Identify being from a Federation [closed]

In my sci-fi book there is a faction that is a Federation (so original right). So a bunch of Colonial Sectors joined together under a federal government to fight against a much more powerful faction. ...
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How can I get my character home? [closed]

I'm writing a story in which my character has become unconscious due to physical means and due to the inability to kill him, his villains have drugged and moved him overseas to get him out of the way. ...
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How does one create specific swears and slang?

I am writing about two characters that come to our world from their own mirror dimension. There is cultural exchange between the two, but not tourism-level. The two characters are a royal witch and ...
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How would humanity react if aliens relocated humanity and then decided to bring humanity back a week later [closed]

I remember once in history class, we were taught about the whole stigma that during the United States early years, European Americans would take Native American lands and put them in preserves. I then ...
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I need names for 16 months [closed]

I have 2 moons circling the planet. The smaller moon orbits 16 times per year the larger 12. I am using the current 12 months and zodiac. I have made a second zodiac of 16. However I require 16 new ...
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How the world would change if it was possible to use Mind Uploading to upload the brain into customized artificial bodies? [closed]

I mean if in the future Mind Uploading become possible so people could create their own artificial bodies (robotic) and customize them in unique ways, even creating artificial bodies that would look ...
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Why would my advanced Dragon society forbid their young adults to engage in sexual activities

The Idea I currently play with the idea of a story where the protagonist travels a foreign world, visits places, studies customs hand history of locals, meets with survivors of historical events and ...
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Why would men find fedoras especially practical on a distant planet? [closed]

This question is a bit silly, I know. As an author my base motivation here is stylistic preference and a shameless attempt to evoke a flavor of golden era setting of so many great adventure and ...
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Making cooking require split-second timing

Consider a world in which cooking food is complicated by the need to employ split-second timing to prepare it correctly (for example, to prevent it from being overcooked or undercooked). This would ...
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Effect of source of river and its flow pattern on a budding civilization [closed]

Rivers can either be rain-fed or snow-fed. And most of the bigger civilizations of the past were located on the river banks. The climate of the region is temperate, but nearby there is a mountain ...
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Sapient species that is immune to damage from heat. What are the ramifications?

So I'm writing a story that has a species that's immune to being burned or suffering any kind of ill effect from being heated, functionally regardless of the temperature (I'm not planning on tossing ...
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Encouraging Kindness in Rich People? [closed]

As the video linked here shows, there is some evidence linking greater wealth to a greater chance of being more of a jerk. Assuming that we're talking about humans or a sapient race with more or less ...
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Avoiding moral hazard concerning Pokolpok (ancient Maya ball game)

Literature Review Pokolpok is the Mayan term for an ancient ball game that was played throughout Mesoamerica in antiquity. While much about the game (even the rules) has been lost to time, ...
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What Cult Would be Best for Someone Seeking to Bring Back the Nephilim [closed]

Dear StackExchange residents, My Name is Calvin M. Loue and I am a College Professor at Jinjel Majors School for the talented. I have been allotted a great deal of stem cells for research purposes ...
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Advanced Alien Coloring [closed]

The Mantis Shrimp is a crustacean known for two things: its punch its eyes For this question I will focus on the latter. A theory about the effects of their super vision is that it causes their ...
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Seven Deadly Sins As Virtues? [closed]

A series I found when trawling TV Tropes had as a theme that the Seven Deadly Sins (Pride, Lust, Greed, Envy, Sloth, Gluttony, and Wrath for the unfamiliar) could be virtues if controlled properly. ...
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What dictates a popularity of an art style in a certain period

What are the most common influences on art in a certain period? E.g., what made realism so popular in the time that it was active? I know that the goal of it was to show the lower casts of the ...
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How would society operate if everyone had two lives? [closed]

In a world where you can die twice, well more like you can resurrect once in your life. Imagine a world where your best-friend that got killed in that tragic car accident or a loved one was killed in ...
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How would interstellar human cultures describe themselves long after Earth was lost?

I was writing in my book when I decided I wanted to add some interesting characters into the mix (like an Irishmen, Chinese, Russian etc). But I hit a wall. You see a big plot point is that the Earth ...
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What useful information could a post-post apocalyptic world glean from a 4chan-like resource?

My post-post apocalyptic society (200+ years after the fall) is extremely technologically stratified, with the haves hoarding near-future technology and the have-nots making do with pre-industrial and ...
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Factors Condusive To Widespread Slavery? [closed]

What factors tend to be common in cultures with widespread institutionalized slavery? For example, I know that a demand for cheap labor is a factor, like with the slaves in the American South farming ...
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Idea for a post apocalyptic civilization in Britain? [closed]

A nuclear war happens, and most of Europe, Russia, North America, and Asia are destroyed. Technology has been knocked back to pre-industrial societies at best, pre agricultural at worst. England was ...