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

Languages

Official language:
Spanish

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Cultural Values
  • Family oriented
  • Men in are responsible for the decision making role; women generally submissive, expected to care for elderly and sick.

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Main Religion & Death Concepts/Rituals
  • Catholic
  • Do not tell patient of terminal illness unless asked to by family
  • Family will want to stay close until death
  • Autopsies not common or desired

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Health Care Values
  • Illness caused or worsened by stress or bad news.
  • Could also be caused by evil spells or voodoo
  • Overweight and rosy cheeks typically synonymous with health
    Screenings acceptable to most
  • First seek care from Western medicine; prayer and religious assistance
  • used concurrently
  • As last resort Cubans may seek assistance from a Santero priest; spells, magic and animal sacrifices common in this practice.

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Diet
  • During illness important to eat fresh foods, broths.
  • Rice and beans common with lunch and dinner
  • Most foods fried; meat important with all meals
  • Desayuno (breakfast) is usually light and accompanied by a cup of coffee.
  • Cena (supper) being the most important meal, usually eaten by the family together in the evening.


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Interesting Facts
  • It's the Caribbean's largest and least commercialized island and one of the world's last communist countries.
  • Havana is also called the Bastion City of the West Indies and the Key to the New World.

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