From Latin Exoticus


From Latin exoticus, from ἐξωτικός (eksotikos, “foreign”), literally “from the outside”, from ἐξω-­ (ekso, “outside”), from ἐξ (eks, “out of”).

exotic (comparative more exotic, superlative most exotic)

1. Foreign, with the connotation of excitingly foreign.

exotic appearance

2. Non-­‐native to the ecosystem.


‘Culture or Civilization, taken in its widest ethnographic sense, is that complex whole which includes knowledge, belief, art, morals, custom, and any other capabilities and habits acquired by man as a member of society’ (Tylor 1968 [1871]).

Cultural relativism is an indispensable and unquestionable theoretical premiss and methodological rule-­of-­thumb in our attempts to understand alien societies in as unprejudiced a way as possible. (Hylland 1995)

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