Wow, we had a great group of people over for our weekly Harmonology meeting. Everyone brought really interesting perspectives gained from applying the Harmonology intervals to their relationships.
One of the questions we threw around was “how does Harmonology apply in other cultures?” Good question. The truth: I don’t know! For instance, if a woman, born and raised in, say, San Francisco, marries a man from Pakistan or Ethiopia, do they inter relate the same as if she had married a man from the US?
- How does cultural restriction come into play even when both parties are living positively and healthfully?
- Can cultural restriction be viewed as baggage?
- Is a musical interval even the same given that the music structures from other societies vary greatly from ours?
Then, there is the issue of male dominance in culture. I live in Mexico where we hosted this particular class. Traditionally, Mexico, as most of Latin America, is a machismo (male dominated) culture, though that’s changing rapidly.
Currently, I am in Guatemala studying Spanish. My teacher, a very young lady, mentioned that in the Guatemalan home, domestic violence often occurs. Now, knowing what we do about tough relationships, what happens in those households when the parents form a difficult b5 music interval to begin with? Remember, the b5 was called the “Devil’s Interval” in the 12 Century.
As I pointed out in my book, it’s usually the woman in that relationship who has total control over her partner. We can only guess what may happen when a woman exerts her powers in a macho household. Can the man socially, out in the open, accept his wife being dominant? How would that play out in the rest of the local Latino society where a man is not even supposed to do the dishes or clean the home!
Great questions, great thoughts. Perhaps you, or someone you know, are in a multi-cultural relationship. Do you have any answers? Do you have any opinions? I would love to hear from you. For me, it’s fun and rewarding to dig in to who we are. I hope you feel the same. We can all benefit from having a better understanding of who we are and how we all fit together.