Even when I was under the spell of religion, I thought that the theologians were writing fiction.<quoted text>
Thanks for that. I'm not sure it's true, to be honest. While I can imagine infanticide, I can't imagine it for the sake of food sharing. So I looked it up and found this review of Bates' writing at the Smithsonian:
So it's a story of historical fiction. The final sentence in the book review reads:
"Daisy says it better. "I never failed them, no, not for one hour of my time with them.... I always wanted the whole of my life with them." Truths, half-truths and fabulous lies it's a life worth reading about."
I don't have time right now to get into it, but Geertz offers a wonderful critique to cultural relativism - and Paul Farmer builds on that, arguing that cultural relativism obscures societal hierarchies, power and poverty.
Now, I am suspicious that the anthropologists were all flavoring their stories concerning those in other cultures in order to make their words appear as highly entertaining to the readers.
I've come to conclude that if we are at all aware of the trickery, we really shouldn't believe much of anything we read ... as humans are greedy for attention and will fabricate the most ridiculous tales in order to bring attention to the self.