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Norine Dresser

"For over thirty years, cross-cultural customs and beliefs have been the focus of my research, writing and
university teaching."
































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Each ethnicity/culture shares a system of symbolic objects used in everyday life or on special occasions. Often, as outsiders, we aren’t aware of these items, nor do we recognize the role that they play. Sometimes, even if we notice them, we overlook them because we are unaware of their significance, such as the ceramic cat on the restaurant shelf; the hand-like object hanging on a wall or around someone’s neck.

By discovering more about these items, we learn about the people who use them. By so doing, we shorten the distances between us.

Can you identify the following objects used by an ethnicity or religion in the United States?

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Scarf Origame

SageEvil Eye


ConesHamsa Hand