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

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Official language:
Arabic

Other Languages:
English
French

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Cultural Values
  • Family is a great source of stability and support .
  • A man’s honor is based on how well he cares for the women in his care.
  • Just before the marriage vows begin there is a musical wedding march called the Zaffa. There is traditional Egyptian music, belly dancers, drums horns and performers with flaming swords.
  • Traditionally, Egyptians believed that the ring finger has the "vein amoris", the vein of love, which runs straight to the heart.
  • A party is given for the one-week-old infant. On this day relatives, friends, neighbors and children come to see the newborn child there will be lighted candles, flowers and samples of the fruits of the earth.
    Friends of the same sex generally shake hands and kiss on the right and left cheeks.
  • If greeting after a long absence the kisses may be repeated more than once.
  • Men greet women with a handshake only if the woman extends her hand first.

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Main Religion & Death Concepts/Rituals
 
Health Care Values
  • The plant known as melokiyah more commonly known in English as Jew’s Mallow is eaten as a medicinal vegetable providing folk remedies for ailments such as aches and pains, dysentery, enteritis, fever, pectoral pain and tumors.
  • The leaves are used for cystitis and gonorrhea. A cold infusion of the leaves is believed to improve appetite and restore strength.

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Diet
  • Muslims do not eat pork or drink alcohol.
  • The country's staple food is fuul, a kind of broad bean. In Fuul madammes the beans are cooked and mashed with potatoes, onions and spices. For breakfast , a fried or boiled egg is added on top.
  • Tameya - full patties deep fried and seasoned - is served in pitta bread with some salad and pickles. Shawerma - slices of pressed, pit-roasted lamb with seasoning.
  • Hamam pigeon - served with wheat stuffing , or stewed with onions, tomatoes, and rice in a tajine, an earthenware pot.
  • Umm 'Aly- Bread pudding made with coconut mild, cinnamon and roasted nuts.
  • Coffee is served thick and strong and without milk.

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Interesting Facts
  • Egypt, or Misr as the Egyptians call it, is home to the Nile, the world's longest river, which flows from south to north over the entire length of the country.
  • The ancient Egyptians played a game like bowling using large stones set up as pins and small stones as a ball.
  • In ancient Egypt infections were treated with moldy bread.
  • The first great Egyptian architect, Imhotep, who lived almost 5,000 years ago, is the first scientist in history known by name today.

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