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Explorations in Sights and Sounds
Perhaps humans are most ethnocentric when it comes to matters of food and music. "Soul food" has become a dimension for defining ethnic groups -- the dishes may be chitlins, bagels, tacos or other such foods. As society becomes more open, these foods pass from the ghettos and barrios to the community at large. One would hope that some inter-ethnic group understanding and appreciation might accompany the sharing of varying gustatory pleasures. Music represents another dimension of ethnic group identity. As with learning to eat different foods, one might comprehend something of the spirit of another people by listening to their songs -- their soul music.
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