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BITS OF CULTURE - Aruba
 
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Cultural Values
Main Religion & Death Concepts/Rituals
Health Care Values
Diet
Interesting Facts
 

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Official language:
Dutch

Other languages:
English
Papiamento

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Cultural Values
  • Housewives often sweep the dirt yards to keep insects and reptiles out of the entrance to the house. Some believe that it necessary to enter and exit through the same doorway.
  • If a guest stays too long, then they may stand a straw broom against an outside wall and the guest will seem to exit very quickly.
  • Another important doorway tradition is to suspend a red ribbon over a doorway to protect the house from evil spirits.

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Main Religion & Death Concepts/Rituals
 
Health Care Values
  • Newborns and small children wear a chain with a bright red and black seed from a tropical tree which is thought to keep the "evil eye" away .
  • According to the older residents, aloe is one of the best agents for keeping internal organs refreshed and clean if you do not mind eating it.
  • Another plant used to improve digestion is black sage, called basora pretu (black broom). The plant is used in tea to aid stomachaches

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Diet
  • Aruban specialities include stobà (lamb or goat stew), cala (bean fritters), pastechi (meat- or cheese-stuffed turnovers), ayacas (leaf-wrapped meat roll) and sopi di pisca (fish chowder).

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Interesting Facts
  • The “Natural Bridge” is an arch shaped coral cliff carved from crashing ocean waves.
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