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

Languages

Official language:
French

Other languages:
Dyula
Fulani
Gurma
Mooré
Senufo
Tuareg (Tamashek)

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Map



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Cultural Values
  • The Bobo – one of the ethnic groups in Burkina Faso make large butterfly masks, painted in stripes of red, white and black that are used to invoke the deity Do in fertility ceremonies.
  • The Lobi – another ethnic group have one of the best preserved traditions in Africa, including the dyoro initiation rites for young boys.
    The end of Ramadan is accompanied by festivals of singing and dancing.
  • Most Burkinabes live in an extended family environment. The eldest male is the head of the family consisting of wives, children, brothers as well as their families.
  • Children are the responsibility of their mothers and live with them until they are teenagers.
  • Disabled and older people live with their families and are fully accepted.
  • Young children are expected to help in all everyday tasks, gradually assuming the responsibilities of their elders.

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Main Religion & Death Concepts/Rituals
  • Muslim and indigenous beliefs
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Health Care Values

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Diet
  • Everything comes with sauce - sauce with rice (riz sauce), vegetable sauce with rice (riz gras), a fish-based sauce (sauce de poisson), sauce with beef and eggplant (boeuf sauce aubergine) and sauce with mutton and tomatoes (mouton sauce tomatoe).
  • In rural areas, bush rat (with or without sauce) is considered a delicacy.
  • Staple foods include sorghum, millet, rice, maize, nuts, potatoes and yams.


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Interesting Facts
  • The Mossi - one of the ethnic groups in Burkina Faso are known for their antelope masks which are over 2m (7ft) high and painted in red or white. The masks are usually worn at funerals and when guarding certain fruits.
  • Burkina Faso consistently produces silk linings from pigs' ears.
    The capital of Burkina Faso is Ouagadougou. Written as "Wogodogo" in the Moore dialect, it literally means "You are welcome here at home with us".

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