Essay about The Republic Of Congo : Congo

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Zaire, officially known as Republic of Zaire, was the name between 1971& 1997, of a central African state, now known as Democratic Republic of Congo. The state’s name derives from the name of Congo river, called Zaire in Portuguese, adapted from the Kongo word nzere or nzadi which means river that swallows all rivers.
The Kongo Kingdom was one of the great early empires in central Africa. That kingdom is the source of the official name of the Republic of Congo.
Classes and Castes: Under communism, urban and educated people had jobs and could make more money than rural people, who had a lifestyle closer to that of the ethnic tribes. Discrimination against the pygmies, known as Teke, Aka, or forest dwellers, is widespread. They are turned away from hospitals, receive lower pay, and are not represented in the government.
Symbols of Social Stratification: Because of communism and local social customs, few people have accumulated personal wealth. General indicators of prosperity are education, large houses, and money.

Food in Daily Life: The rain forest soil is not nutrient-rich; less than 3 percent of the land is cultivated for food production. Meat is expensive because it has to be hunted or imported. For this reason, little meat is eaten. Bananas, pineapples, taro, peanuts, manioc, cassava, rice, and bread are the staples.
Food Customs at Ceremonial Occasions: Food taboos depend on the tribe and village. If a family has a totem, it cannot eat that animal, which is…

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