Anthropologists, other social scientists, and other scientists are not born into ivory towers. Like everyone else, each scientist is born as a baby into a specific society. Like everyone else, prospective scientists are enculturated into the ethnocentric assumptions and common folk notions prevalent in their group. Therefore, we should not be surprised to find that when these individuals become scientists, they sometimes offer, as newly-discovered universal scientific theories, some of the folklore of their own culture.