Ultraprimitive Pacifists: The Tasaday as a Symbol of Peace

Monday 4 April 2022

Sponsel, Leslie E. 1990. Anthropology Today 6, no. 1: 3–5.

Sponsel writes about the Tasaday peoples, an indigenous group living in the Lake Sebu area in Mindana, Phillipines. He discusses the symbolic relevance of the Tasaday, and how they are representative that humans are not innately violent, as this society does not participate in intercommunal or intracommunal conflict. Although the language in this paper is outdated, it provides an interesting perspective on peace within anthropology, emphasising the differences between indigenous groups and western perspectives on the inevitability of conflict, and how a group can act as a symbol for others to follow suit.

Available at: https://www.jstor.org/stable/3033180

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