Culture and Customs of Nicaragua (Culture and Customs of by Steven F. White, Esthela Calderon

By Steven F. White, Esthela Calderon

All through its historical past Nicaragua has been stricken by corruption, social and racial inequality, civil unrest, and international interference. but regardless of being the second one poorest state in South the USA, Nicaragua keeps a wealthy and colourful tradition that displays its powerful Catholic devotion, varied indigenous roots, and overwhelming zest for all times. tradition and Customs of Nicaragua introduces scholars and normal readers to Nicaragua's distinct mixture of spiritual and standard vacation trips, so quite a few that the rustic is expounded to be in a relentless kingdom of get together; its transforming into movie undefined; its many sorts of dance, the preferred road theatre open to all bystanders; very important contributions to Spanish literature, neighborhood cuisines, structure, social norms, and extra. Readers study what it really is wish to dwell in a single of Latin America's such a lot upset nations but additionally realize the passionate tradition that defines and sustains the Nicaraguan humans.

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The Miskitos’ reactions, although easily understood today, were interpreted by the Sandinistas as against the revolution that proclaimed that the Indians were free and would never again be slaves. The great literacy crusade in that zone taught the Pacific coast participants that not everyone 26 CULTURE AND CUSTOMS OF NICARAGUA in Nicaragua spoke Spanish and that a second campaign was necessary to incorporate the linguistic diversity of the region, an attitude that kept people from thinking that the new revolution was simply a new colonization.

During the Somoza dictatorship (1936–1979), this zone, with its virgin tracts of land, fought against the presence of the multinational corporations engaged in mining, logging, and fishing operations. All the tribes worked for these companies but without changing their traditional daily ways of life that were structured around hunting, fishing, and gathering. Some clandestine revolutionaries of the Frente Sandinista were supported in the Caribbean zone by Indians who gave them food and shelter.

The entire province, just as in the pre-Columbian era, grew corn and beans. To this activity was added the practice of keeping cattle, which grew dramatically. The land was abundant and its appropriation and use reflected ancient indigenous practices, as well as Spanish innovations. The Indian people maintained their system of communal property. The exploitation of the gold mines was one of the primary sources of income for the crown, as well as the sale of slaves. The idea of private property was introduced and practiced by the Spaniards, a cultural phenomenon that paved the way for the creation of latifundios, extensive tracts of land held by the richest families of the cities.

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