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

Languages

Official language:
French

Other languages:
Bandjabi
Bapounou/Eschira
Bateke
Fang
Myene

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Cultural Values

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Main Religion & Death Concepts/Rituals
  • Roman Catholic
  • Funeral celebrations typically last several days.
  • Attendance at funerals is normally expected from everyone in the village and expenditure on funerals is a substantial part of the household budget.


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Health Care Values

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Diet

  • Some of the main dishes are manioc paste (or rice) served in a spicy sauce alongside a selection of bush meat such as antilope (antelope), porcpic (porcupine), singe (monkey), sanglier (wild boar), and boa (snake).
  • Soups are the primary component in Ghanaian cuisine and are eaten with fufu (either pounded plantain and cassava or yam), kokonte (cassava meal cooked into a paste), banku (fermented corn dough), boiled yam, rice, bread, plantain, or cassava. The most common soups are light soup, palmnut soup, and groundnut (peanut) soup.



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Interesting Facts
  • The name 'Gabon' is derived from the Portuguese word, 'gabao', for 'hooded cloak' in reference to the shape of the estuary they found.
  • Ghanians come from six main ethnic groups: the Akan (Ashanti and Fanti), the Ewe, the Ga-Adangbe, the Mole-Dagbani, the Guan, and the Gurma.

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