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

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Official language:
Spanish

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Cultural Values
  • Family recreation often revolves around religious festivals honoring local saints.
  • Family loyalty is an ingrained and unquestioned virtue; from early childhood, individuals learn that relatives are to be trusted and relied on, whereas those outside the family are, implicitly at least, suspect.
  • Public disapproval follows only if the man fails to assume the role of "head of the family" and to support his children.
  • Girls are expected to be quiet and helpful; boys enjoy much greater freedom, and they are given considerable latitude in their behavior


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Main Religion & Death Concepts/Rituals
 
Health Care Values
  • Small towns may have a traditional healer who prescribes herbal treatments.
  • Massage and purging are other traditional healing techniques.
  • Some Hondurans use folk remedies such as tying a cloth filled with sliced raw tomatoes around the neck to treat mumps, placing mashed eggs on plantain leaves on the stomach to relieve an upset, and drinking herbal tea to get rid of parasites.

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Diet
  • The country's cuisine is based around beans, rice, tortillas, fried bananas, meat, potatoes, cream and cheese.
  • The main source of protein—cassava, plantains, rice, and coffee, with only occasional supplements of meat or fish.
  • Honduran breakfast foods include fried beans, eggs, cheese and fried bananas.
  • At lunch or dinner, they may eat rice, tortillas, meat, cheese, salad or soup.
  • Portions are smaller at supper, which is a lighter meal.

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Interesting Facts
  • Its nickname is the Banana Republic because it grows and exports a lot of bananas.
  • Although Honduras is a predominantly Roman Catholic country, many couples do not get married in a church. Some live common-law, and others prefer to have a civil ceremony.
  • Honduras was originally known as Higüeras, the name of a native plant.


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