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Real Men Play Nice

(via Ode) In the 1960s when Stuart Schlegel went to live among the Teduray, a tribe that made its home in the Philippine rainforest, the American missionary found a society he called “radically egalitarian.” Men and women, children and adults, shamans and basket weavers: All operated as equals. The effect on Schlegel was dramatic. He returned as an anthropologist to study the tribe, discovering that the Teduray knew no violence, no repression and no hoarding of wealth. Childrearing was equally divided between parents. Decisions were made by consensus, balancing the welfare of everyone in the community. In other words, the whole society was built on co-operation, non-violence and equality. more >>.

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