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BITS OF CULTURE - Dominican Republic
 
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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
  • People look to their family and relatives for support and help.
  • They may also have relationships of compadrazgo or "co-parentage." Compadres are godparents who play an important role in their godchildren's life and are chosen before the child's birth. They are expected to assist with the child's education, career and even finances.
  • Men and boys are expected to demonstrate machismo, or maleness, and personalismo which means putting one's dignity and honor above abstract political and collective ideologies.
  • Women are expected to be submissive and to stay at home.

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Main Religion & Death Concepts/Rituals
  • Roman Catholic
  • The body is taken away to the readied for their burial and later returned to the home so that family, friends and community can come by to visit and pay their respects to the remaining family members.
  • The deceased person’s body is not embalmed in the Dominican Republic.

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Health Care Values

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Diet
  • The national dish is sancocho—a varied meat and vegetable stew that may contain everything from pork and seafood to sweet potatoes and cassava.
  • Chicken is the most popular meat on the island.
  • Another typical dish is known as La Bandera (the flag), which consists of the colors of the flag: white rice, red beans, and tostones (fried green plantains), along with stewed meats and salad

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Interesting Facts
  • Baseball is the national sport.
  • Most Dominicans work for some sort of food factory. There are many sugar and tobacco factories.
  • This country is the oldest European settlement.
  • The whole country had to be re-built in 1930 because of a hurricane.
  • The Dominican Republic is considered the breadbasket of the Caribbean because it grows, farms and catches almost everything that’s served on dinner tables everywhere

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