Bob Asked, Is it easy to tell the tribes of Togo apart?
Thanks for the excellent answer, Andy. I think that you are getting at something very important: Even if you (the traveler) cannot tell tribal groups apart, it is important to know that the locals CAN tell each other apart. Furthermore, the differences are so obvious and natural to the locals that they may not be aware the you (the traveler) CANNOT see those differences.
Also, you can extend that observation beyond just tribes to include every single human organizing principle: race, religion, nationality, regionality, etc. All the way down to what sports team someone likes.
Racism is iirrational, but to not like or like a culture is rational. I do not want to be around the rasta culture. Generally after a person has lived in different cultures for LONGER than 7 years, they stop pretending people are the same, and we can live together in peace. We have country boundaries to separate 2 cultures that fight, forcing different cultures to live together, and respect each others is irrational. Pretend you like the culture... LOL, this is the PC, politically correct. pretend you do not think, or believe what you think, or believe. Accepting I do not like the Rasta culture allows me to not argue, or get provoked. I am not going to enter a lot of cultures for longer than 2-3 weeks, that is my tolerance level. Fun question, and people are so judgemental they cannot talk about without getting angry, great question Bob, and the reason I can travel to 107 cultures is because I do not want to change cultures, I accept we are different, and know they need to save themselves... LOL