Answer in Brief
Explain the following statement with reason.
Toys can tell us about cultural history.
Toys can tell us about cultural history. They are used as symbols and models for different cultures and traditions being followed since past thus keeping the memory of culture alive in present time. Within cultural societies, toys are a medium to enhance a child’s perception of culture. Whenever a cultural festival is nearby several toys as models occupy the markets. For example, as part of Diwali celebrations in Maharashtra model forts are made. This tradition keeps the memory alive of the important role of the forts in the history of Maharashtra.
- Sometimes toys are used during certain festivals. Their use gives a glimpse of the religious and cultural traditions of a particular country. For e.g. Model forts are made as a part of traditional Diwali celebrations in Maharashtra. Through this tradition, the memory of the importance of forts in the history of Maharashtra is kept alive.
- Similarly, an ivory doll made by Indian craftsmen was found in the excavation of Pompeii, an ancient city in Italy which is dated to the 1st century C.E. This artifact throws light on the Indo-Roman trade relations which existed even during the ancient period. It also tells us about cultural contacts which existed between nations in ancient times.
Thus, the use of toys by a particular country tells us its cultural history.
Concept: Toys and History
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