Different Traditional Religions Cultural Studies Essay

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Types of religion. According to Janice Hamilton in the Ivory Coast some of the people of Africa practice different traditional religions. Approximately 35%-40% of the people in Ivory Coast are Muslim, in which they practice Islamic religion, and reside mostly in the North end. Similarly there is approximately 25%-35% that practice Christianity, and reside in the south end, where there are large Christian congregations. Finally there are around 10%-20% of the people who are indigenous ("Republic of Cote d'Ivoire"). The people from Ivory Coast also believe in spirits of the ancestors, and how they should worship them by believing and good and bad spirits (Hamilton 7).

Events and Festivals. The Ivory Coast has many festivals and holidays that they celebrate throughout the year, some in which are a little unusual. One of the festivals that are most famous is the Fêtes des Masques (Festival of Masks), in November it resides in the region of man. The people of Ivory Coast pick people that are the best dancers by means of a contest, and to pay their respects to spirits of the forest within the masks. Another festival that happens in April is one that begins at midnight and ends in the afternoon the following day. Naked woman and children perform nightly rituals after they sneak out of their huts to get rid of the evil spells within the village. A chief appears before the sun comes up with drums that have the villagers become entranced, which will continue until the afternoon. This festival is called the Fête du Dipri in Gomon. Ramadan, around December is the major Muslim holiday where they do not eat "between sunup and sunset in accordance with the fourth pillar of Islam". Afterwards there is a huge feast, Eid al-Fitr, and everyone eats, gets together and gives presents ("Ivory Coast").

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Recreational Pastimes. An important past time is music, music plays an important role in the Ivory Coast, and they use it to celebrate every kind of action, for example; weather, to tell stories, rice, and ceremonies. Rhythm, melodies playing together in harmony are characteristics of the music styles played by hand made instruments like drums in the Ivory Coast. Another past time is football (soccer) it is a major sport in the Ivory Coast, they currently played in the FIFA world cup in South Africa. They also have a baseball federation, they play tennis, rugby, basketball, and they run ("Côte d'Ivoire"). People from the Ivory Coast seem to play a lot of major sports compared to other countries, and compete in the same manor.

Tourist sites and attractions. In the Ivory Coast there is much to see, in Yamoussoukro; the capital city there is the Basilique de Notre Dame de la Paix which is the largest church in the world ("Basilica of Our Lady of Peace"). Other attraction sites are the national parks, apparently most tourist who come to Ivory Coast come to see the many different national parks and nature reserves they have to offer. Abidjan a city in the Ivory Coast that was once called the "Paris of West Africa" ("Introducing Côte d'Ivoire"); there are many boutiques, Parisian quality restaurants with well-dressed Ivorian women, and tall buildings. A tourist site, and accommodation is the Hotel Ivoire Inter Continental, this hotel is exceptional because it contains a skating rink, bowling alley, a casino, and five restaurants ("Hotel Ivoire Abidjan"). When it comes to accommodations within South Africa the Ivory Coast is the most expensive country ("Ivory Coast").

Climate and clothing. The climate in the Ivory Coast is normally warm, although in the North they have specified three different seasons through the year. These include "warm and dry (November to March), hot and dry (March to May), hot and wet (June to October)" ("Côte D'ivoire (Ivory Coast"). Although throughout all three seasons there is little increase in temperature 25-30 C is mainly the average temperature Ivory Coast will feel (Hamilton). Adults of the Ivory Coast where clothes similar to other countries, during the rainy season, they would wear rainwear and use umbrella's, and during the day the men will wear shorts, slacks, and t-shirts or long-sleeved shirts, and the women will wear long skirts or long summer dresses, never short and blouses. Girls when they are children however can wear anything for example pants, while the boys will wear jerseys and pants/shorts. Any sandal or comfortable shoes is worn by both men and woman of all ages ("Côte D'ivoire (Ivory Coast").

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Notable artist and artistic achievements. There have been artists that have come out of Ivory Coast that are famous their but aren't very well known elsewhere. One of these artists is Alpha Blonde, the best singer of Ivory Coast; he is known to sing reggae music around the world ("Ivory Coast"). Frederic Bruly Bouabre a famous contemporary artist came from Zéprégüé, Côte d'Ivoire and would take inspiration from his life and dreams and transpire them to small pieces of paper, he is known for his art work ("Frederic Bruly Bouabre").

History of Francophone presence in the area. In 1637 in the Ivory Coast France came and stayed within gold coast boarder. However it wasn't until 1893 that the Ivory Coast was a French colony. Then the federation of French West Africa was a constituent unit only from 1904 to 1958, and the French third republic covered the overseas territory and a colony. Paris was controlling all government matters in French West Africa until the world war two in 1943, and all those encompassed in West Africa were subjects of the French ("Republic of Cote d'Ivoire").

Particular dialects of French spoke. Three categories of French are spoken within Africa, the French spoken by black Africans, the French spoken by Arabs and berbers, and the French spoken by creoles. However each of these categories have their own African/French dialect and there could be many different kinds (). There are sixty different languages spoken within Africa, and some can speak their language with French and have others understand (Hamilton 7).

Size of Francophone population.

Specific geographical areas of Francophone concentration.

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