Interesting… This tribe as no religious beliefs to speak of… and is a very naturalistic tribe. This is the perfect Communist/Atheist civilization, it would seem.
An article in Psychology Today notes that studying the Baining has proved challenging because their daily life is so mundane. They are small-scale farmers with no institutions outside of the family — no political or spiritual leaders. They have little in the way of traditional stories, mythology, or even gossip. They do not engage in recreational play. Their daily talk is mostly about the gathering and preparation of food. The exception, as the picture above suggests, is that they do have costumed dances, which are elaborately choreographed and which only adult men may participate in and observe. British anthropologist Gregory Bateson spent 14 months attempting to study the Baining in the 1920s before giving up entirely.
Simply put… the Baining tribe focuses on work because they see that as the uniqueness of the human existence. We know for a fact other animal species perform work and even one who gives gifts.
Anyway, this study is quite fascinating…leading a paradox.
I find this study interesting on different levels. First, they belief that imitating animals in play, sex, etc… is somehow anti-human, as if humans aren’t animals or connected to animals. All work, no gods.
Do our religious beliefs come from a full embrace of our humanity, including play, fun, and sex?