The Gods Must be Crazy

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As the Bushmen are portrayed in the film, they are a simple and quite non-materialistic culture that lives off the land, gathering plants and hunting for their food and the survival of the entire tribe. They enjoy each other, and do not feel any need for outside intervention or modernity. When the Coke bottle drops into the tribe's midst, it creates divisions that were never there before. It illustrates how just the slightest intervention by the white man can change the ways of a culture forever. As Xi travels with the "evil thing" to the end of the world, he encounters "civilization," but it does not seem very civilized to him. He is accused of stealing a goat, and has many other misadventures before he makes it home to his people. The film is a sociological study in a variety of ways, from how tools changed the lives of the hunter/gatherers forever, to the roles and values of men and women in a non-structured society. Before the Coke bottle drops from the sky, the people share their tasks equally, but after the Coke bottle is used as a tool, one person has the advantage over the others, and so the others covet the tool th Continue...


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They did not change because they did not have to, and their lifestyle worked perfectly for them. Suddenly, the values and mores of the women have changed. This film not only shows how cultures can be altered by a single event, they show how far we have come from the roots of our ancestors, and despite all our modern conveniences, sometimes, this forgotten lifestyle does not seem so alien at all. Suddenly there was competition and dissention between the tribe members, and those who controlled the bottle were "different" than those who did not. What is most interesting about the Bushmen society is that they can recognize how the bottle has changed their lives and that if they keep it, it will be the undoing of their society. Their way of life seems quite simple and quaint to any Western viewer who is immersed in the materialistic and possessive culture we live today. They send Xi away with the "evil thing" to throw it away at the end of the earth, but unfortunately, even though the bottle is gone, their society will come under the influence of what Xi sees in his journey, and it will never be the same again. Before the bottle, they lived simply, and continued the folkways and values of their ancestors, that had been handed down for centuries. This illustrates an important concept in society, that those with the "most tools" are the most powerful, and the most competitive. The tribe had been divided from their traditional mores to a tribe that valued a "thing" more than they valued each other, and another culture within their culture, one that valued individual possessions where none were necessary before. As the Bushmen compete to use the Coke bottle for various tasks, they build walls between themselves, and their society begins to change. They no longer work happily together, because they are angry and jealous that only one woman commands the tool. Their uncomplicated lifestyle is not only to be admired, in a world where everyone seems to be only concerned with visible possessions and wealth, the lifestyle of the Bushmen often seems to be so much less complicated that it would be a welcome relief from the pressures of modern civilization.

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