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

Languages

Official languages:
French Creole

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Cultural Values
  • Affectionate, polite but shy, and extremely modest .
  • Not committed to time or schedules .
  • Tightly knit extended family .
  • Matriarchal society, although men are allowed to believe that they are head of household, although women are the backbone of the family.

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Main Religion & Death Concepts/Rituals
  • Catholic .
  • Death mobilizes entire family; all arrangements made by elder kinsman of dying .
  • Dernie priye is a special prayer service consisting of 7 consecutive days of prayer, usually at the home to facilitate the passage of the soul to the next world.
  • Cremation not acceptable because of the belief in resurrection and paradise.

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Health Care Values
  • Good health seen as a balance between eating right, personal hygiene, prayer and good spiritual habits.
  • Mental illness is not well accepted and usually believed to have supernatural causes.
  • Physical deformities believed to be caused by angry spirits.

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Diet
  • Usually lunch is the largest meal of the day.
  • In hospitals, prefer to fast than to eat non-Haitian foods.
  • They prefer rice, beans, and plantain, spicy braised meat with gravy and stewed vegetables and chicken.


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Interesting Facts
  • While interacting with Americans, if they don’t understand, they will still show approval by nodding, rather than expose their limitations.
  • Voodoo priest (mambo or hougan) sought by believers who need to worship the spirit to be relieved of the illness.
  • Haiti means "land of mountains".


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