Flandrin and Montanari assert, “Every culture is ‘contaminated’; every ‘tradition’ is a child of history, and history is never static”. Looking at this from a present day semantic perspective this would appear to hold true.
Today’s current events become tomorrow’s historical ones. From a global perspective the statistical probability that what occurred today will repeat itself tomorrow, a veritable “ground hog day”, is so small that the assertion “history is never static” can be made with a high degree of assurance. By defining tradition as “the passing of elements of a culture or religious beliefs from generation to generation, especially by oral communication”, a case can be made for the parental role of history in the formulation and nurturing of a culture’s traditions.
Assuming that not all “contamination” is malicious, the current level of globalisation and social interconnectedness has driven the possibility of culture isolation to the furthest extremes of the Amazonian rain forest or Papua New Guinean highlands. Given this assertion that nothing realistically can be fixed or unchanging, we need to accept culture and tradition as a moveable element, à la Flandrin and Montanari, dynamic and open to contestation.