Iwill be completing an essay from “Of Cannibal” by Michel de Montaigne. I alsoread “Ballgame that I will have to reference with the essay as well. “Theancient Maya ballgame called pitz was part of Maya political, religious, andsocial life. The ball court itself was a focal point of Maya cities andsymbolized the city’s wealth and power.
The ballgame gave neighboring cities analternative to war for settling disputes.” For the tribe, this would be consideringa treat since their neighboring were considered enemies. I’ve never heard ofone human being eating another human being. “Montaignein “Of Cannibals” reverses the egocentric European belief in the superiority ofWestern culture. Not simple, ignorant, and barbarous as some would insist,cannibals live in harmony with nature, employ useful and virtuous skills, andenjoy a perfect religious life and governmental system.” Montaigne noticed morebarbarous behavior among his close neighbors. Montaigne described theceremonies of the Tupinamba eating dead enemies as a matter of honor. He usedcultural relativism to the barbarianism.
“Cultural relativism is the view thatmoral or ethical systems, which vary from culture to culture, are all equallyvalid and no one system is really “better” than any other.TheMaya wore protective equipment during the game. The passages made it seem as ifthey were preparing for war. “Animals and skulls placed around the arena.”Making it known you’re coming to live or die.
One way in and one way out. Welcometo the world of political power. Montaigne’s age was different from the Maya. “Hefound was one of adventure and exploration, and many travelers returned toEurope with tales of strange and fascinating people elsewhere.” Montaigne mayhave been excited to see more outside of his own beliefs and values. He went on a French expedition to SouthAmerica during 1557. Montaigne returned to his home land with a few tribemembers. “Montaigne met one of these cannibals at Rouen in 1562 but also hireda servant who had spent a dozen years living among them in their native land.
“This was different from what he was used to but he had an open mind to othercultures.Atthe end of the story, it explained the spiritual story of Maize Gods and theHero twins. “As the tale goes, the Maize Gods were avid ballplayers who werekilled and buried on the court by the Lords of Xibalba (the Underworld) forbothering them with the noise of the game.
” This is another area that couldchange your perspective on human life. Lords of Xibalba was a demon from theunderworld. The daughter of the Maize Gods became pregnant without have sexualcontact and rebirth of her father and uncle.
This would’ve been mined blowing.He may have seen this a reincarnation.In conclusion, there aremany different cultures that embraced different beliefs. Who are we to judge their beliefs or lifestyle.
We are become a product of our environment and that’s who we become in the end.