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My Culture

The Somalian Culture
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Hawa Osman

on 17 October 2012

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Somalia is located in the east coast of Africa. Together with the neighbouring countries Ethiopia and Djibouti it is known as the Horn of Africa. Map of Somalia The official language in Somalia is Somali. However a lot of the people speak Arabic and Italian because Somalia was ones colonized by Italy. The Somali alphabets used to be written in Arabic; however it was changed into the Latin letters in 1974. Somali cuisines are meat driven and vegetarian is rare. Rice or pasta with fried chicken and Bananas are common dishes in the Somalian culture. Spices such as coriander, cumin and curry powder are also widely used. Delicious Somali Food Men wear western pants or a flowing plaid ma'awis (kilt} western shirts, and shawls.Women usually wear Direh, a long, billowing dress worn over petticoats. Coantino, a four-yard cloth tied over shoulder and draped around the waist. Toobs are commonly worn throughout Africa
along with Hijab which are head scarfs. Traditional Clothing Somali music is based on folklore traditions which consists of a combination between tender melodies of the nomads,black the explosive hot drumbeats of Africa and a little colorful instrumental accompaniment Somali Music Somalian Language Somali Song History Early history Somali traces back to an Arab state sultanate, which was founded in the seventh century A.D. by Koreishite immigrants from Yemen. During the 15th and 16th centuries, Portuguese traders landed in present Somali territory and ruled several coastal towns. Somalia’s modern history began in the late 19th century, when various European powers began to trade and establish themselves in the area. Somalia Land of the Poets Most of the Somalian people are Sunni Muslims and about less than 1% of the population consider themselves as Christians. They pray 5 times a day and do not drink alcohol or eat pork. Their culture is impacted by Islam and by the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (may peace and blessings be upon him) Religion Traditional Somali Dance Somalia is a self sufficient country which means that it has a lot of natural resources and it does not need any imports from any countries. Unfortunately due to the two decade long civil war the country has suffered a lot of drought and has lost a lot of its natural resources. Resources Education is highly valued in Somalia. The levels of education are divided into Elementary School, High School and University which is similar to the Canadian Education system. However, due to the civil war the level of education in Somalia has declined dramatically, Therefore, many Somalis are forced to flee the country and get an education from another country. Education Cultural Inquiry Project My Identity 70-319-02
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