In many countries, traditional dress and costumes are considered effective ways of maintaining links with the past. How effective can traditional costumes be, in this sense?What other ways exist to help citizens connect with a country’s past?

Most people would agree that preserving connections with our past is an
admirableobjective
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admirable objective
, especially as the world evolves so rapidly. I feel that traditional costumes are one part of doing
this
, but they are by no means the most important, as we shall see.Admittedly, historic
dress
plays a key role in social events
such
as religious rituals or military parades, and these events are helpful in
transmitting
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Transmitting
social memes
such
as
public duty
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a public duty
and self-sacrifice. Traditional costumes
also
remind us of the origins of cultural traditions and mythologies,
for instance
the historic Swiss national
dress
which evokes their medieval independence.
However
, it must be said that costumes are an accessory in these situations, and do not appear to constitute the central message. It is the ceremonies
themselves which
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themselves, which
convey the cultural norms that help to maintain the fabric of society. In
this
sense, the costumes are of secondary importance.
Furthermore
, it seems that there are in fact much more powerful ways in which culture is conserved and
handed
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Handed
down between the generations. Most countries have a rich heritage of legends and folklore about the birth and development of their nation, some of which are mythological and some being grounded in truth (as we see in the English stories about Robin Hood or George and
theDragon
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the Dragon
,
for example
.) These stories are a cultural inheritance which embodies important
symbolsand
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symbols and
concepts far more effectively than
dress
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a dress
.
Similarly
, we must remember the significance of art
andmusic
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and music
in passing on our traditions, in forms ranging from fine art to handicrafts, and from opera to traditional shanties and dirges.The presence of visual or
linguistic
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Linguistic
messages in these media
makethem
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make them
more effective than costumes, which convey no language.Overall, we must recognise and welcome the use of traditional
dress
in helping to
maintainour
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maintain our
cultures
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culture
.
However
, the forms of story, art and music would appear to be the driving forces in
this
invaluable process.

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