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

Languages
Official language:

Portuguese

Other language:
Crioulo

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Cultural Values
  • Children help their families by farming, tending animals, or fetching water.
  • Many still use the traditional African methods of carrying things on their heads and carrying children tied by scarves to their backs.

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Main Religion & Death Concepts/Rituals

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Health Care Values

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Diet
  • One of the most unusual and delicious is pastel com diablo dentro (pastry with the devil inside) - a mix of fresh tuna, onions and tomatoes, wrapped in a pastry blended from boiled potatoes and corn flour, deep fried and served hot.
  • Soups are also popular. One of the most common is coldo de peixe (fish stew), which is loaded with vegetables and spices and thickened with manioc flour.
  • Other specialities include bananas enroladas (bananas wrapped in pastry and deep fried) and manga de conserva (an unsweetened chutney-like concoction).


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Interesting Facts
  • The Cape Verde islands were uninhabited prior to their discovery in the 15th century.
  • Ouri, an ancient African "store-and-capture" board game that originated in Egypt and is very popular in Cape Verde, is considered the forerunner of backgammon.
  • The Cape Verde islands were uninhabited prior to their discovery in the 15th century.
  • Charles Darwin contemplated the writing of “The Origins of the Species” while in Cape Verde. Part of the first chapter of Darwin's "The Voyage of the Beagle" is devoted to his observations while in Cape Verde.


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