What are some food taboo? What will some people eat and why? What will some people not eat and why?
Fig. 4-6: Annual hog production is influenced by religious taboos against pork consumption in Islam and other religions. The highest production is in China, which is largely Buddhist.
Four main New England house types of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries diffused westward as settlers migrated.
US Housing types by region Small towns in different regions of the eastern U.S. have different combinations of five main house types.
Where will you find high and lower consumption of alcohol? Per capita consumption of rum (top) and Canadian whiskey (bottom) show different distributions and histories
How was the spread of the internet and television help spur globalization?
Diffusion of Television Television has diffused widely since the 1950s, but some areas still have low numbers of TVs per population
Distribution of internet hosts The U.S. had two-thirds of the world’s internet hosts in 2002. Diffusion of internet service is likely to follow the pattern of TV diffusion, but the rate of this diffusion may differ.
What is the Taliban and how is their culture and values different than ours?
What is the most spoken language in the world? Where would you find this language predominately spoken?
What are the 3 major differences between British and American English?
The Indo-European Language Family • Branches of Indo-European • Germanic branch • Indo-Iranian branch • Balto-Slavic branch • Romance branch • Origin and diffusion of Indo-European • Kurgan and Anatolian theories
What is the most spoken language in the Baltic - Slavic Branch of Indo European?
Preserving language diversity • Hebrew: reviving extinct languages • Celtic: preserving endangered languages • Multilingual states - Belgium, Switzerland • Isolated languages - Basque, Iceland
Global dominance of English • English is the worlds lingua franca. Why? • Diffusion to other languages. Why?
What percentage of people in sub-Saharan Africa speak a language from the Niger-Congo family?
What is the difference between a Universalizing religion and an Ethnic religion?Give examples of religions that describe both categories.
Distribution of Religions • Universalizing religions • Christianity • Islam • Buddhism • Ethnic religions • Hinduism • Other ethnic religions