Did a nation define its culture or a culture define its nation?

Hello everyone!! So, I realize that my picture may be a little self-explanatory but I must say I’m technologically challenged and this is the best I can do.

Which defined what

My question is: Did a nation define its culture or a culture define its nation? In class we’ve been talking about how different nations have different cultures. What I’m basically asking is, did a group of people establish themselves to be a nation and then sit down and talk about how they were going to act and what traditions they were going to follow? Or did a group of people establish a way of life, similar traditions and actions before banding together to be one nation? Did they possibly happen simultaneously?

I chose a picture of a chicken and an egg because I hoped to relate it to the age old question: What came first? By labeling the pictures “The Nation” and “The Culture”, I showed that I was not asking did the chicken come before the egg or vice versa. However, with the previous knowledge of the question “Which came first?”, I wanted to show that this was a similar question but hopefully one with a concrete answer.

3 thoughts on “Did a nation define its culture or a culture define its nation?”

  1. Hi Jessica, just wanted to say great introductory post to your topic! I’m curious: do you know of any culture that defines their nation, or that perhaps even extends to other nations as well? Or the reverse, with a defining nation? Cultures and nations are very similar: one rarely exists without the other, so it is very interesting to see what you’ll come up with.

  2. HI ALICE,

    I like the picture that you used to represent your question. I can see how the, “what came first, the chicken or the egg?”, puzzle relates to your question.

    Your question is really something to think about. In my opinion, if I had to make a guess, I think culture came first. From how I look at it, you can create traditions and have other people agree with you to create a culture. Meanwhile, you don’t really have to be a nation to follow a certain culture.

  3. Omg I hate your question… I’m thinking about it waaaaaay too much… But for real I love how your question grasps the reader and I loooove the media choice you chose! One thing you could try is to give half answers for each question to persuade the reader to each side.

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