"Customs" is an essay written by Clyde kluckhohn an American anthropologist. He iswell known for these studies of the Navaho Indians and for his work on personality and culture.Here he defines cultures and shows cultural differences by suing different examples.Kluckhohn says that people are different not by instincts not by god, not by fate, not by weather but by culture. According to anthropologist, culture is the man made part of the environment. Itis s the total life way of the people. It is the social legacy which the individual acquires forms hisgroup.A man of culture is a man who is acquainted with history, literature, philosophy, so thefine arts. In fact, we cannot explain acts only in theorems of the biological properties of thepeople concerned their individual past experiences, and the immediate situation. Each specificculture constitutes a kind of blue print for all of life's activities. One of the interesting thingsabout human beings is that they try to understand themselves and their own behavior. To theinsistent human query "Why"?Anthropology offers the concept of culture. Others explain it with the concept of evolutionin biology, gravity in physics and disease in medicine. A good deal of human behavior can beunderstood and indeed predicted, if we know a people's design for living. We brush our teeth ona rising. We put on pants not a loincloth or a grass skirt. We eat three meals a day- not four or five or two. We sleep in bed not in hammock or on sheep pelt. There is much other regularitydifferent from place to place.To the American woman a system of plural wives seems instinctively hateful but for koryakwoman of Siberia the system of single wife is unfamiliar. A person may be American by birth,but if he is brought up in china, his culture will be Chinese. A woman in Arizona swerves rattlesnakes to the guests in meal. But the guests after knowing about the food item, response withviolent vomiting. A biological process is caught in a cultural web. In Indian culture a boy doesnot dance with a girl if both belong to the same family or have the same ancestry becausebodily contact in social dancing has a directly sexual connotation and that is an incest taboo.At Yale University, the files of the cross cultural survey are organized according to categoriessuch as "marriage ceremonies", life crisis rites, incest taboos and all other seventy fivecategories. They are of the opinion that all human beings are similar at bottom. They have aboutthe same biological equipment. All of them have similar life experiences such as birth,helplessness, illness, old age and death. The biological potentialities of the species are theblocks with which cultures are built.