‘Tradition’ is a term used in everyday communication, one which people use with ease and assumed understanding. The definition of the term is not difficult to come by; ‘tradition’ derives from the Latin (Old French) word tradere, meaning to transmit; ‘something handed over’. However, closer scrutiny of the term reveals both complexity, and, at times, ambiguity when debating and determining the meaning of tradition.

In its broadest sense, the term ‘tradition’ refers to practices and beliefs that encapsulate the usual, the established; everyday values and principles; and customary patterns of thought, action, and behaviour/s. Such practices have usually been conducted for generations, ranging from everyday etiquette determining proper table manners to marriage celebration, the citing of sacred texts, and performances of annual and seasonal rituals. Such ...

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