In Chapter 10, how does the hunt that Mortenson participates in reflect the values and traditions of the Balti community?in Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace...One School at a Time

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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Your question originally asked about the hunt that takes place in chapter eightof Greg Mortenson's autobiographical novel Three Cups of Tea; the hunt to which you refer is in chapter ten. Here Greg has made the arduous journey back to the Korphe village with the materials needed to finish the bridge connecting the village to the rest of civilization.

Because it is monsoon season, however, the cement will not set and work on the bridge must wait. So the Balti men of the village take Greg with them to hunt for ibex.

One of their traditions is to put on their talismen for protection before they hunt, demonstrating the value they place on the spirits and their ability to influence their lives.

They stay in caves which had been provisioned earlier in the season, demonstrating their commitment to prudence and being prepared.

Finally, Hussein is the villager who butchers the ibex they kill. He wields his knife expertly, demonstrating the ancient skills of survival.The value demonstrated here is obvious, for without these skill the tribe would not have survived in such a harsh and treacherous environment.

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