The lesson about the life cycle, family and gender dynamics in the American culture is very fascinating. Birth among the people of Maya and the early stage of life to baptism shapes the economic and social responsibility of both the female and the male. If a male child was born, the placenta umbilical cord was taken to the forest, where it is believed Maya peasant hand asks the lords permission to grow corn. It is here where the child is given the strength to fight evil and work on the lands. After four months, the four representing the number of corners the Maya the land to have, the baby boy is baptized. On the other hand, if the child is a female, the umbilical cord and placenta are placed at the heart of the house, in the kitchen while praying to God for health to perform the ancestral role as a corn tortilla marker. They would be her economic and social world. At three months, the three representing the small three-legged table where the women make the daily, ritual tortillas.
Anthropology teaches that childhood much like ours culture is socially created. Today childhood is created by adults but maintained by mass media and television. This “kinder culture” is taught out of school by video games, toys, television, and magazines. In psychological anthropology, the relationship between the individuals and culture varies from culture to culture. For instance, in the Samoan community, the adolescent were sexually active as girls and not condemned for it.
The kinships are divided into six kin groups namely, Hawaiian, Eskimo, Iroquois, Omaha, Crow, and Sudanese. In some family structures, the adult female is responsible for the economic basis of the households while the male takes responsibility of taking care of the wife, children, and household. In the lesson, gender and gender dynamics is the most sensitive part and how some women stood up for equal rights with men in the US bringing the increased number of women involvement all over including higher education levels.