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

Languages

Official language:
Tigrinya

Other languages:
Arabic
Cushitic
English
Semitic

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Map



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Cultural Values
  • Eritreans like to dance, particularly when confronted with a new birth or marriage and during cultural and religious festivals.
  • Eritreans are known for their hard work, dexterity, technical innovation, and resilience.
  • Many Eritreans provide financial support for their immediate families and relatives.
  • Marriages are monogamous and arranged by contract, involving a dowry given by the bride´s family to the couple.

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Main Religion & Death Concepts/Rituals
  • Christian and Muslim
  • Inheritance is determined following a funeral commemoration a year after the death, which may consume most of the deceased’s estate.

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Health Care Values

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Diet
  • For a morning pick-me-up, they usually will have silsi, a peppery fried tomato and onion sauce usually served for breakfast, or legamat (deep-fried dough).

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Interesting Facts
  • “Ethiopian” and “Eritrean” refer to political entities and not separate cultural groups
  • Eritrea seceded from Ethiopia in 1993, making it Africa's newest country.
  • Eritrea was part of Askum, a kingdom founded in 1000 B.C.E. whose rule sometimes extended to Egypt.

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