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  • A general term used to describe the beliefs, legends, rituals, or customs handed down from one generation to the next, especially orally or by example. Traditions may be societal, cultural, or religious and function as a way to transfer knowledge. While traditions are often assumed to be ancient, many traditions, in order to survive, adapt to contemporaneous economic, social, political, and cultural environments. Some scholars argue that tradition may be invented to maintain hegemony or power.


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