A History of Guyana and Its Culture Essay

1636 Words Oct 1st, 2011 7 Pages
Guyana is a small country nestled in the northeast corner of South America. Its name means “the land of many waters” and holds some special characteristics that should be shared with the rest of the world. It is a rich land in every sense of the word. Even though its borders are nestled with Brazil, it is considered a part of the Caribbean, for its culture has a similarity with the northern islands and many other places. Their culture reflects the influence of African, Indian, Amerindian, Chinese, British, Dutch, Portuguese, Caribbean, and American culture. It may be more accurate to speak of African, Indian, and Amerindian Guyanese cultures than lumping it all together. Their population consists of 51% East Indians, 43% Afro-Guyanese, 4% …show more content…
There has already been a female president in Guyana. The average household usually involves multi-generations and is made up of women. Younger men may belong and contribute to the household but eventually go off on their own. Marriage usually occurs later in life for the working class. Among Hindus and Muslims, arranged, comparatively early marriages are common. Indians have more freedom in choosing a spouse and have relatively smaller families. These marriages, however, are something more of a utilitarian marriage than a marriage of love. Formal marriage is less common among the African working class. The abandonment of children by fathers and a growth of excess drinking frequently leave the mother with the sole responsibility for their children. In urban areas, where the extended family is often nonexistent, many African women are the family breadwinners. Unfortunately, the state provides no social welfare assistance for these women. In rural areas the discipline of children is a communal responsibility. Children and younger adults address elders not by their names but as "auntie" or "uncle." Food is a staple to Guyana culture. It is what brings these people together in their best and worst times. In any aspect of their culture, food will be the hub of it all. Guyana’s main dish is seafood but can be expanded to Creole dishes, East Indian food such as roti and curry, and a blend of Chinese as well. Dishes

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