MFC 002 Solved Assignment 2021-22

Tradition, Identity and Cultural Production

Course Code : MFC-002

Course Title : Tradition, Identity and

Cultural Production  

Assignment Code : MFC-002/TMA-01/2021-22

Coverage : All Blocks


MFC 002 Solved Assignment 2020-21 : All assignments are in PDF format which would be send on email/WhatsApp (9958676204)  just after payment…

Attempt all questions. All questions carry equal marks.

1. ‘ Tradition can be described as the culturally sustained, repeated pattern of behaviors, beliefs or enactments that are passed down from one generation to another’ —Critically comment.

Oral based tradition emphasizes a specialized language or an idiom as the basis for performance. This can be seen in jokes, riddles, poetry, ballad, narration, legends, tales and myths. The performer maintains fluent and comprehensible compositions. Given below are the features of the various oral tradition forms.

This is a form of a stylized verbal, visual or physical performance or utterance that is meant to provoke laughter and is humorous. This often takes the form of oral narratives that are brief and short, including tall tales (tales of exaggeration), comic anecdotes, humorous riddles or humorous folktales. Jokes are often short -consisting of a few lines and are often used in conversation. They can be said unintentionally or intentionally between two or more persons. Jokes are often spoken, written or gestured and are performed in small or large groups. They are often passed down from one person to another. Electronic forms of communication, including SMS and email often facilitate the passing of jokes one to another without any ownership.

Jokes often display power relations between two groups one having the upper hand and the other being the butt of ridicule. For example, in India we have a large number of jokes on various communities, making them the hapless victims of circumstances. This a common feature in many cultures, for example in America there is a long history of Pollack jokes, cross-culturally; we come across several jokes on different communities and religions.

Jokes can be related to the processes of life and often reflect social and kin structures. For instance we often come across jokes between the husband and the wife or the school teacher and a student. It establishes social propriety and decorum, enhances group identity, releases work related tension and enables social bonding. They enhance social solidarity and harmony. Jokes are also a way of destabilizing the social order.

This can be defined as traditional enigma and puzzles. A riddle consists of description and a referent a question and an answer. Often an uncertainty in the description adds to the fun and makes it less obvious to the listener. The riddle often contains a metaphor that asserts cultural symbols. Concealment becomes one of the most parts of a riddle. The ultimate purpose of the riddle is to provide some knowledge or moral instruction in an amusing manner.

Its construction is often neat and imaginative and the element of mystery gives it a special meaning. The Indian tradition of riddles is very ancient and can be seen in the Vedas and the Mahabharata. The stories of the riddles of Yaksha asking questions to Yudisthar are very famous, which is a very important part of the Mahabharata. We can see many riddles in Indian folklore. In the Tulu dialect for example we come across the riddle, “I threw away gold and swallowed silver” which means the plantain tree. In Assamese it is said that an implement that cuts the wood without getting separated which means the axe. In Hindi we have another riddle that says “katore main katora, beta baap se bhi gora”. This means a cup inside a cup, son fairer than the father, which indicates a coconut.

Riddles hence reinforce culture and are based on the material life of the people. This figures in everyday expression of the people and it integrates people into the society.

2. Tradition and individual identity are the queer amalgamations for the identity formation of an individual—discuss.

3. Can technology and folk art be complementary to each other? Validate your judgment with examples.

MFC 002 Solved Assignment 2021-22

4. Define the following:

·       Technological development and social change

·       Modern thought and cultural change

·       Political thought and the rise of nations

·       Visual Arts and Performing Arts

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5. Write short notes on the following:

(A) Folk cuisine

(B) Freudian psychology

(C) Knowledge based traditions

(B) Mourning songs as folklore


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