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Questions tagged [culture]

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

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How could someone dismantle Mother's Day in the United States? [closed]

Anna Jarvis was the founder of Mother's Day in the United States. Ironically, she spent the rest of her life trying to dismantle it because she felt it was too commercialized. Her efforts failed, so ...
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What cultural nuances and customs might a medieval, largely agrarian society with a strict caste system have?

I apologize in advance, because this will be pretty long. I already have a vague idea of some customs, so I need to include both the sociopolitical aspects of this as well as those customs. The ...
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What would the culture of isolated humanoids made of stone look like? [closed]

info In this world there is a large plateau completely isolated from life other than flying creatures which is mostly composed of rocky grass and badlands although does have some large patches of ...
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What happens to holidays as time passes? [closed]

As the answers in How can I create original holidays for my world? discuss, humans in the "early days" of humankind had no science, so for questions like "why is winter coming?", religious beliefs ...
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How do you conduct xenoanthropology after first contact?

In the very near future, humans (somehow) travel to a distant planet - and discover aliens who turn out to be uncannily like us. Their appearance is, to put it bluntly, freakish, but they are humanoid ...
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A Permanent Norse Presence in America, Part II: How Would Europe React to This?

Previously, I had asked a question on what point of departure I would need to make the Norse's presence in North America permanent. Perhaps the best answer I got was summarized right here: If one ...
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What kind of places would goblins live in a fantasy setting with strong states? [closed]

So I got a fantasy setting that left the Medieval era and entered the Renaissance with strong states that can maintain both order and infrastructure across their territories. While there are 'wild ...
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How to erase the cultural memory of post-apocalypse survivors

I'm writing a story that takes place after the decimation of almost all of humanity, and follows a group of survivors who, some time in the future, have formed new societies. Let's say the apocalyptic ...
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Art Critics in the Stone Age

In the stone-age world that I am building, I don't just want one-dimensional characters who are either hunters or gatherers. I want a great quantity of people including those who would have become art ...
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Would a Matriarchal Society Be Likely to Practice Toplessness? [closed]

Having read the Wikipedia article about toplessness, seem like many egalitarian societies practiced toplessness until they were influenced by the Europeans. So, would it be correct to assume that a ...
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Preventing cheating in the Socially Acceptable Olympics

The Olympics are clearly unfair. For example: Stronger people are privileged when it comes to weightlifting and so on. Let us redesign the Olympics and indeed all competition to allow for diversity. ...
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Is running away from 'the humans' a good way to go in terms of survival or just delaying the inevitable of being found? [closed]

In this context related in terms of my last question. I've seen this lots of times in fiction and TV shows where sub-species, such as Marvel's Mutants and Inhumans or anything considered 'super' or ...
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How can an pantheist council serve as an umbrella for various religious institutions?

Pantheism is the belief that all-things in reality compose an all-encompassing, immanent god. It characterizes a broad range of doctrines differing in forms of relationships between reality and ...
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Hypothetically, should cultural/genetic Homogeneity in Aliens be considered the Exception, or the Rule?

Humans all belong to a Single Species, localized on a single small-ish planet... Yet we are incredibly diverse in both Culture and Individual Appearance/Adaptation to our environment. This also seems ...
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Saving intelligent animals from abuse/large scale breeding

I have created semi-intelligent griffins in my fantasy world. Semi-intelligent meaning that adult griffins have the intelligence of an average 4 year old human. Now, I realized that once the ...
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Which Cuisines Would Adapt Best To Space?

If you take all of earth's food and cuisines, which ones would be the mostly logically adapted to be made and eaten in a microgravity-freefall environment within the following constraints. Let's ...
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If a civilization lands on a new planet and comes into contact with native tribes, how would their language change over time? [closed]

So around 13,000 years ago, a group of refugees from a planet with Greco-Roman culture and technology were kicked off of their planet by what were essentially space vikings (space travel is done via ...
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What can a bunch of American kids teach ancient Egyptians? [closed]

18 children (ages 2-14) travel from a small American town in 1995 to the year 1312 BCE in ancient Egypt. They stay with Jewish slaves in their village (the structure is more serfs than slaves) for 9 ...
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Ways to somewhat balance a gem based magic system so as to avoid total oligarchy

Problem In my world, the magic system depends on access to a certain type of gem. This gem is plentiful, but only found in a single place, with 6-8 mines. My magic system is totally skewed in favor ...
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How might the absence of faith-based miracles in a magical world affect people's respect for religion? [closed]

The magic of the world I'm thinking of has a wide range of effects, has existed since before humanity, and can be learned by basically anyone. This means that 'miracles', which are commonly used by ...
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What biological trait could make a humanoid species more likely to be matriarchal, but keep reproductive compatibility with other humanoids?

The original idea was a race of matriarchal desert nomads, but most desert nomad societies I could find as inspiration were strongly patriarchal. I can change this aspect if I don't find a way to ...
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How to avoid lie detectors when they are prevalent?

Let's say that a method of lie detection was created that was 99.99% accurate, portable, and cheap. It is also very generally applicable, and there is no known method to fool it. Now, it is ...
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How can I prevent a human sacrifice from dying before a ritual is complete?

This setting takes place with medieval level technolpgy. Upon death, all souls leave the body and go directly to God to become one with its consciousness. However, there are other competing gods who ...
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After a war that killed a generation of men, what happens to that nation? [closed]

In my world a nation has lost every man between the ages of 18-40 to war. What possible impacts on society from such a loss of life would I need to consider?
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Why would a country persecute people with autism?

A alternate-historical story is set in a third-world country some time in the 70s or 80s. The country operates similarly to any semi-developed country in central or south America. The countryside is ...
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What would be the day-to-day ramifications of a post-encryption digitally-connected cyberpunk society? [closed]

If any encrypted data could be decoded within a day (or shorter, to the point of hours, given enough computing power and weak encryption), all wireless transmissions may be intercepted, and all copper/...
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How many years must you have before you can become a bard? [closed]

The setting is a tribe on the edge of the Neolithic and agriculture. While this tribal group is not yet fully agricultural, there are others around who are. The 'tribe' is really a group of hundreds ...
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Immediate differences between 1898-2018 [closed]

I have a story where two characters from 1898 apear in the Texas hillcounrty, on a disused ranch. Neither are familiar with ranches, and they come from vastly different socioeconomic backgrounds. What ...
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How can a sapient species build an advanced civilization, while remaining on one continent?

The world I'm building contains two sapient species; one is about Mesolithic-level in terms of technology, while the other is about as advanced as the ancient Egyptians or Sumerians. However, they're ...
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The muscles of these humanoids stay the same size as they get stronger: what false theories would they have about strength?

The muscles: They have muscle tissue that can grow stronger with exercise and can atrophy with neglect just like our muscle tissue. But their muscles don't grow larger when they get stronger, and ...
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Can there be a theocracy that also practices religious tolerance?

My main character is one of 5 deities that make up the "Terram faith" The country she resides in is a theocracy of that faith; with a king and queen appointed by high priests and priestesses. The ...
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Would it be weird or impractical for a princess who has a High Priestess title to have a family? [closed]

My character is the King's only daughter in a patriarchal succession system. She's raised to become a High Priestess (the most important woman in the whole land), because only women of a male ruler's ...
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“An Even Blacker Death”, This Time in the 21st Century [closed]

Long ago, I asked a question as to how the culture of Europe would be affected if, instead of one-quarter or half of medieval Europe's population got killed by the black death but two out of three or ...
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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? [closed]

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. ...