Influence and Isolation
The following topic(s) will demonstrate what the discussion is about, but feel free to branch off or expand on the topics. In addition to this discussion, you will be asked to craft a 150 word reflection on what you have learned through this conversation and post it to the Reflection Journal. The more active you are in this part of the discussion, the more you will have to draw from in your reflection, so get involved, be active, help out your classmates when they need it, and, most of all, enjoy the conversation.
You will find two options for this discussion forum; Question A and Question B. Please select one of the two options for this discussion.
Why do you think that Mesoamerican cultures developed along lines so much like cultures we’ve already seen in Europe and Asia although they were completely isolated from them? Were there things in common that made this a natural process or was this simply coincidence? Why do you think so?
Why do you think that women in African societies, up until more modern times, were able to treat their women so differently than the societies that they were influenced by in Europe and Asia? What do you think was so unique about Africa that they could keep much of their own cultural attitudes about women until the modern era?