Culture and Customs of the Central African Republic

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2006 - History - 191 pages
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The Central African Republic is one of the least-known African countries. This volume is the first to give a cultural overview of the key elements of this former French colony. Wood fork shows how the Republic has the fundamental building blocks, with plenty of natural resources, to take on the challenges of the modern world. The diverse ethnic groups, including Bandas and pygmies, are responding to changes such as increased urbanization.

Readers will learn about the various ways of life of the major groups and their farming, nomadic pastoral, and trading pursuits. The aggressive Islamic and Christian evangelizing alongside witchcraft and indigenous beliefs in other deities and spirits in the Central African Republic is covered as well. The chapter on food and clothing discusses the great vocabularies for food and drink in the country and the typical vibrantly colored clothes. The indigenous and French influences in cultural institutions such as education and media and literary output are explained. Insight into the family and women's roles, celebrations, and music and dance is given as well.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Religion and Worldview
21
Literature and the Media
43
Art Architecture and Living Patterns
63
Cuisine and Traditional Dress
79
Gender Roles Marriage and Family
99
Social Customs and Lifestyle
129
Music and Dance
155
Glossary
173
Selected Bibliography
177
Index
183
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JACQUELINE WOODFORK is Assistant Professor of History at Loyola University New Orleans.

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