Global Metal showed us how countries around the world have adopted metal music and transformed it based on their cultural needs, which has led to subsequent identity formations. The Founding Indian Fathers discussed how American identity does not consider the influence of Native Americans on our political system

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Choose ONE of the following prompts to craft a response that addresses all of the posed questions. Make sure to indicate which prompt you have chosen to answer at the beginning of your submission. Responses must be thought-provoking and demonstrate an understanding of the material. This response is worth 6 points. A good response will have a minimum of 300 words. To get a full 10 points, you must comment on two submissions made by your fellow classmates. Comments on your classmates’ post should directly address what they have posted. Do you agree or disagree with their response? Why or why not? What was something interesting this student said? etc. Make sure you’re being thorough when responding to other students; a good student response will have a minimum of 150 words.
Prompt 1:
Global Metal showed us how countries around the world have adopted metal music and transformed it based on their cultural needs, which has led to subsequent identity formations. The Founding Indian Fathers discussed how American identity does not consider the influence of Native Americans on our political system. In what ways do you think identity plays a role in politics and power? Do you think the identities of those in power have an effect on national identity? Can you think of any examples?
Prompt 2:
Every culture in the world has their own set of both religious and secular rituals. Because of this, rituals are considered one of the few human cultural universals. Reflect on your own life; what kind of rituals do you partake in on a daily basis, a weekly basis, a monthly basis, and an annual basis? Are these rituals practiced by most of society? Do you perform some rituals for personal reasons?
Joey Zimmerman (He/Him)
I think that identity plays an enormous role in politics and power. However, I think that the national identity affects who gets into power, rather than the other way around, in most cases. If you look at the history of America, a country that is made up of many people who are white and view America as a primarily white nation, it has a congress where whites are severely over-represented and only had one president that wasn’t white. Similarly. many countries, including the US and countries like Poland or Russia, don’t elect many LGBTQ+ people into positions of power because they don’t see queerness as compatible with their national identity. We can even see this pattern in monarchies, to a degree. For instance, the last Shah of Iran was overthrown because some of his western beliefs weren’t super compatible with the typical Iranian’s view of Iran as a Muslim country. Its possible to verify that identity affects who can get into power and not the opposite because of how changes in identity affect who can be in power. For instance, when JFK was elected, his Catholicism was a huge issue for Americans, even at the unfortunately abrupt ending to his presidency. Now, however, Biden was able to be elected to the presidency without his religion really being an issue and without a Catholic president being elected in the interim, due to changes in how America saw Catholics. There are, however, rare exceptions to this. Occasionally, there are charismatic leaders who can re-contextualize the national identity in the minds of those who they rule over to make the national identity more similar to their vision. For instance, Hitler interpreted German history in terms of the three reichs and constant progress/hegemony, which allowed him to shift the way the national identity was thought about to the idea of the Aryan.
Jangmi Choi
Now I come to think of it, I have a few non-religious rituals that I partake in both on a daily basis and an annual basis. On a daily basis, I sometimes say grace before I eat. It is a totally secular ritual and it is like an Asian thing that I do before eating a meal. I can only assume that this ritual was created long time ago when people were underfed and starved. An annual rituals I do every year are celebration of birthdays, memorial service for ancestors, new year, and holidays. Like many others, I celebrate both my own birthday and my friend’s and family’s to strengthen the relationships. Often I cook and give out presents to celebrate birthdays and eat cake on every birthdays.
On the date of my country’s holiday, all generation from one family gathers in place(usually in the oldest son’s or daughters or even grandparent’s) and make the foods for the dead ancestors. We prepare the food in front of the dead ancestor’s portraits or shrine and bow down a few times and drink a cup of alcohol. After the celebration, families gather again to eat and drink. I believe this ritual began to memorize the dead ancestors and to feed them while they travel as a ghost. In modern days, the celebration became more simple and quicker and not many people celebrate the holiday anymore because of religion(often Christianity) and inconvenience.
Other than the memorial day of ancestors, I believe many people celebrate birthdays, new year, and holidays nationally. I do not think that I have unique rituals that I do for personal reasons, but I do most of the secular rituals that many other people do; I celebrate birthdays, holidays, and new year.

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