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BITS OF CULTURE - Cote d 'Ivoire
 
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Map
Cultural Values
Main Religion & Death Concepts/Rituals
Health Care Values
Diet
Interesting Facts
 

Languages

Official language:
French

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Cultural Values
  • There is a parental preference for educating boys rather than girls, which is noticeable throughout the country but more pronounced in rural areas.
  • In rural areas, women and men divide the labor, with men clearing the land and attending to cash crops like cocoa and coffee, while women grow vegetables and other staples and perform most menial household tasks.

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Main Religion & Death Concepts/Rituals
  • Traditional beliefs .
  • Women may not participate in funeral ceremonies, neither may they look at the masks used, for fear that this encounter with death might jeopardize their fecundity.

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Health Care Values

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Diet
  • Attiéké (grated cassava) is a popular Côte d'Ivoirian side dish.
  • Maquis normally feature braised chicken and fish smothered in onions and tomatoes, served with attiéké, or kedjenou, a chicken dish made with vegetables and a mild sauce.
  • One of the tastiest street-vended foods is aloco, which is ripe banana in palm oil, spiced with steamed onions and chilli and eaten alone or with grilled fish.
  • Bangui is a local palm wine.
  • African food is eaten with the hands.
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Interesting Facts
  • They have many prominent writers, such as novelists Bernard B Dadie and Ahmdou Kourouma, and playwrights Goffi Jadeau, Amon d'Aby, and Zadi Zaourou.
  • They also have a relatively strong economy that attracts immigrants from neighboring countries, most notably from Burkina Faso where migrant workers work on the cocoa and other crops.

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