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BITS OF CULTURE - Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire)
 
Languages
Map
Cultural Values
Main Religion & Death Concepts/Rituals
Health Care Values
Diet
Interesting Facts
 

Languages

Official language:
French

Other languages:
Kikongo
Lingala
Swahili
Tshiluba

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Cultural Values
  • Congolese women are clearly regarded as inferior to males, even though many ethnic groups trace family membership through the mother.

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Main Religion & Death Concepts/Rituals
 
Health Care Values

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Diet
  • The staple dish is a porridge of grains and cassava roots.
  • The most popular dish is moambé, a spicy stew of peanuts, palm oil, and chicken served with yams, native loso rice, or, most commonly, fufu, a paste of mashed manioc (cassava).
  • Diet also consists of sweet potatoes, bananas, plantains, fruits, and fish, particularly perch.
  • Beef is generally only eaten in the higher regions of the country that are free of the tsetse fly.

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Interesting Facts
  • By the 14th century, three politically complex kingdoms had arisen in the Congo - the Kongo kingdom, and the Luba and Lunda empires.
  • The Congo River and its tributaries provide about 8000 miles of waterway transportation for the interior, which is sometimes the only way travel.

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