Essay on Peru Culture

949 Words Oct 8th, 2008 4 Pages
Culture is the aquired knowledge that people use to interpret, experience, and generate social behavior.
Culture is learned by viewing beliefs and customs within the culture and we extrapolate meaning systems by observing what people do, what they say, and the artifacts people use. In class, we studied Peru's culture through college students at USIL, a university in Lima. We were able to talk to them through video,e-mail, and chat discussion.
My partner was Fiorella and from her I learned many things about her culture: College life, family tradition, religion, meaning of life, stereoytpes, and predjudices. From talking to Fiorella, I found that some things about the university in Lima were similar and some were different to
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Even though Lima is very modernized, there are small villages outside Lima that still practice traditions from major pre-Hispanic civilizations and still dress similar to what their ancestors used to dress. Lima is a major city bustling with living history and movement.
Lima features pre-Hispanic, colonial, and modern elements. It is also surrounded by every aspect of nature: the sea, islands, mountains, desert, and plant life. It offers an active and modern nightlife and also a well-endowed cultural scene. Lima has public transport and non-stop activities and traditional festivals. At some of the festivals that they have, everyone dresses up in traditional clothing to honor their ancestors.For example, Fiorella mentioned
Month of the Lord of the Miracles which takes place October 18th, 27th, and 28th. The processions take place during the month of October, in which all Lima is dressed in purple for the most spectacular and attended to religious festivity, where the habits, pastries and scapulars of the Christ of Pachacamilla inundate the city. This procession congregates the largest number of devotees of South America, who pay homage to the Purple with chants and praises whilst the image makes its way through the city. The history of this procession goes back to the Colonial period, when a slave brought from Angola painted the image of a black Christ on the walls of a humble precinct of the hacienda of Pachacamilla,

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