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

Languages

Official language:
English
French

Other languages:
Ewondo
Fulfulde
Pidgin

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Cultural Values
  • It is believed that some people are so jealous at the success of others that they enter into bargains with evil to cast murderous spells
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Main Religion & Death Concepts/Rituals
  • Indigenous beliefs
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Health Care Values

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Diet
  • Manioc leaves are one of the main ingredients, usually appearing on menus as feuille.
  • Sauces are usually accompanied by rice (riz) or a thick mashed potato-like substance that comes in three main forms: couscous, pâe or fufu, any of which can be made from rice, corn, manioc, plantains or bananas.
  • One staple food common among most groups is millet and sorghum, prepared in a paste-like form and served with vegetables and meat sauce.

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Interesting Facts
  • Cameroon is mainly comprised of three different groups: the Sudanese who settled in the extreme north, who are mainly animists; the Arabs around Lake Chad, who are predominately Muslim; and the Foulbe who are mainly Christian.
  • Cameroon is host to Mt. Cameroon, West Africa's highest peak as well as an active volcano.
  • Cameroon's name is derived from 'Rio dos Camaroes' meaning 'River of Prawns', the Portuguese name for the Wouri River estuary.
    When tourists arrive in Cameroon they are not left to themselves because according to local custom, the visitor is full-fledged member of the Cameroon family.

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