In this article of the Cultural Atlas, we will be discussing about Kliegmean Culture. While the descriptions that follow are not intended to be indicative of every Kliegmean person, there are common themes and principles that contribute to the values, attitudes, beliefs and norms of the dominant society
Kliegmean Culture is considered a result of a Cultural Integration between Karnetvorian and Garanian Culture, with significant influences from its Alman and Hinomoto Minorities. Many Kliegmeans, no matter their ethnicity, share a sense of a need for adaptability, tenacity, education, and Kliegmean pride. This is a result of Kliegme’s Modern history, as the Karnetvorisation programmes during the Colonial Era, Memories of the Great War and the Socio-economical collapse after Independence, and the overcoming of those damages have molded Kliegmean Society.
Ethnic Identities and National Unity
As a Multi-ethnic state Kliegme is mainly consisted of a Karnetvorian Majority, with 3 National Minorities. The Garanians, the Itrysh-Almans, and the Hinomoto. Many people from minority groups continue to hold their ethnic identity and cultural traditions close. They may speak languages or follow religions/customs that are specific to their people. As such, the nationalism, solidarity and cultural identity shared between Kliegmeans of such diversity is highly complex and usually summarised through metaphors. One of those would be the “Dusha”(Soul), This explains the soul as the combination of one’s heart, mind and culture, and the uniting point making Kliegmeans a cohesive people despite their differences. Due to this, many Kliegmeans are prideful of their heritage, with an emphasis on mutual respect of others’ heritage.
The concept of “Face” is a case where Garanian Culture effected the culture of the Karnetvorians. This is the quality embedded in Garanian culture that indicates a person’s reputation, influence, dignity and honour.As such, individuals tend to act and communicate in a deliberate manner and with restraint in order to maintain their face. Part of the motivation to act appropriately is not only self-reputation, but also the consequence an individual’s behaviour may have on their collective group.
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