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Transcript of Panama

Coat of Arms
Symbols in Panama
National Holidays in Panama
Sword and Guns- Independence between Spain and Panama.
Tools- Panama Canal.
Cornucopia- Panama's richness.
Stars- the nine provinces even though there are ten now.
Sunset and Sunrise- The Pacific and Atlantic Ocean.
Independence days
New Year's Eve/New Year's
Christmas Eve/Christmas
Colon Day
Ashiana Parvani
Panama Canal
Panama's main language is Spanish
The Panama Canal is a long waterway that's used for trade, imports, and exports. The location of the canal is very practical. It is 2.5 meters deep and connects the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans together. Europeans, Scottish, and Spanish people had tried to bridge the two oceans together, but only the French and Americans succeeded. It took 10 years to build. In those ten years, workers suffered from Yellow Fever.

Other symbols in Panama are the Harpy Eagle and the Holy Ghost Orchid.

Religion in Panama
Panama Map
The population consists of Catholics, Protestants, and Christians.
Ethnic Food in Panama
Panamanians eat tortillas, Sancocho, and tropical fruits such as papayas, coconut, pineapples, bananas, various kinds of melon, but especially watermelon.

The Pollera is a product of anonymous art. It can be worn or made in various ways.
For example, in ancient times, the color of the thread was dyed by snail urine, vegetable dyes, or extracted by other fabrics.
Polleras can be worn in many different ways. You can wear them with jewelry, in a set, or in pieces.
La Pollera
December 3rd, 2014
Taboos in Panama
Panamanians find it disrespectful when they talk about each other's wealth.
I think that taboos originate by societies and their different aspects on the topic. It can also originate by culture or religion.
I think that the consequences of violating a taboo could be very severe. For example, cannibalism. It is illegal, but in some cultures, the people following it think that it's normal. Performing this act could lead to jail in places that consider this act as a taboo.
Since Spain brought Spanish to Panama, I think that the independence between both countries pressured the culture to change. For example, the economy, the political economy's conflicts, and society pressures a culture to change.
The way they preserved some things that the Spanish brought to Panama were by family culture traits that both the diverse countries had.

I think that those symbols on the Coat of Arms are part of Panama's identity. What I mean with identity, is that it brings new characteristics and makes this country even more unique. It gives it a certain history like the sword and guns. It's what makes this country what it is.
For example, what makes me who I am is my family background, how I've been raised with my beliefs, my culture, and the traditions I practice.
What makes me who I am can be different or similar than what makes other people who they are. Culture is one of my main reasons. I think that people are alike in behaviors like how they were brought up, and their culture's taboos.

I think that many people would find this piece of ancient clothing weird or pretty. It depends on their point of view, which depends on their culture or religion. Every culture is different. There can be consequences if your culture is different. If you say something or do something disrespectful that isn't a sign of disrespect in your culture, it may or may not be a sign of disrespect in the country that you're visiting, or the country you've moved to.
There can be rewards in a way that you would be respected by others.
I think that it is hard to shed your beliefs. For example, imagine that you were Indonesian. In Indonesia they eat mostly everything with their hands. If you migrate to a place like Panama, and you go to a fancy restaurant and eat food that is supposed to be eaten with a fork or spoon, you might receive weird looks. It will be hard to stop doing that, because it's already become a habit and you've been raised to eat like that..
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"Holidays in Panama in 2014." Holidays and Observances in Panama in 2014. N.p., 1995-2014. Web. Nov. 2014
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Gatun Lake
. Digital image. N.p., n.d. Web.
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Pearl Island Living
. Pearl Island Panama, 2011-2014. Web.

The main streets of Panama City are filled with parades, floats, masks, and creative costumes.
Gatun Lake
The Gatun Lake is located south of Colon, and plays a major part in the Panama Canal. This lake supplies drinking water for Panama City and Colon. It's water is also used to operate the canal's locks every time a ship goes through.
Panama's neighboring countries
are Costa Rica and Colombia
Isthmus of Panama
Panama itself is a country and a landform. Panama is an isthmus. An isthmus is a narrow piece of land that connects two larger areas. For example, Panama connects North America and South America.
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