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

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Cultural Values
  • This culture is visibly manifested in the kissing of the hands of the elders, passing of legends, music, dance, chants, courtship rituals, handicrafts, burial rituals, preparation of herbal medicines, and requesting forgiveness from spiritual ancestors when entering a jungle.
  • “Ika” a gift that is given to the family of a deceased person. The receiving of ika carries with it an obligation that the recipient will reciprocate to the donor at a later date.
  • Celebration of fiestas whereupon by duty, extended families contribute food and man hours to cook dishes for the village guests.
  • The raise the babies to adulthood whereby entire relatives participate and view themselves as actual parents to the baby.

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Main Religion & Death Concepts/Rituals
 
Health Care Values

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Diet
  • Includes whole roast pig, tropical fruits, yams, coconut crabs, red rice made with achiote seeds and just about anything barbecued.
  • The also serve finadene, a hot sauce packed with red peppers, soy sauce, lemon juice and onions.

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Interesting Facts
  • The world's largest K-Mart is on the island of Guam.
    Many places in Guam are named for body parts. Agana, Guan’s capital, in the Chamorro language means blood. The capital city is the lifeblood of Guam.
  • The name Guam comes from the ancient Chamorro word "Guahan," meaning "we have."

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