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What Is The Main Culture In Venezuela? (SOLVED!)

Venezuela (officially the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela) is a country on the northern coast of South America, bordering Colombia, Brazil and Guyana. Its society has been deeply shaped by Spanish colonisation, which introduced Roman Catholicism and the Spanish language. Today, the dominant culture of Venezuela reflects a blend of indigenous and Spanish customs, as well as regional Caribbean and Andean influences. Venezuelans are often described as warm, welcoming and open people. They are generally unified by a shared desire for fairness and equality. This is embodied by the national hero, Simón Bolívar, of whom they are very proud. However, customs and attitudes can vary significantly depending on a person’s class, ethnicity or locality (e.g. Rural or urban) 👍 Indeed, perceptions of the culture often especially differ between those from different social and economic classes 😊 [1]
Venezuela’s national population is very similar to that of most other South American countries, with a mixture of an initial indigenous population, a large Spanish influx, and a significant population of African ancestry. There have also been notable European and Latin American migrations in the last two centuries. Even with these different populations, however, Venezuela has one of the most stable national identities in the continent. This national stability is probably due to two factors: (1) Venezuela has an extremely small contemporary presence of indigenous communities to contest the national stability, and (2) until the 1990s Venezuela boasted an incredibly strong national economy. (edited by Auriel Bagley on December 19, 2021) [2]
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Additional content from iexplore.com also demonstrates why venezuela is mostly known for its huge quantities of oil, which has given it prestige and global importance. It has aligned itself with OPEC, an intra-national organization concerned with oil production, bestowing upon it political leverage with members in the Arabian Gulf states. Outside of that Venezuela is a bit of a cultural hodgepodge: part Caribbean, part Andean, part Amazonian, certainly Latin American, and most definitely individual. The dare to be different philosophy can be seen in the recent brash politics of Hugo Chavez, the country’s leftist leader, who has left a controversial impact on the world stage. When most people think of Venezuela however, most often what crosses their mind is it’s impressive soccer talent and the beautiful ladies, having produced a fair number of winners of the “Miss World’” pageant over the years. (we really appreciate Walt Gentile from Denizli, Turkey for the heads up). [3]
New reports from worldatlas.com points out how the cuisine of Venezuela is influenced by the cuisines of its indigenous inhabitants as well as West African and European cuisines. There are great regional variations in the country’s cuisine. Some of the staple foods include rice, yam, corn, beans, and plantain. Commonly used vegetables are eggplants, spinach, tomatoes, zucchini, potatoes, and onions. Some typical snacks of the Venezuelan cuisine include the tequeño (fried breaded cheese stick), fried fish, empanada (a type of baked or fried filled pastry), and French fries. Some of the most popular main dishes include the arepa (a dish prepared from ground maize dough or cooked flour), casabe (flatbread made of bitter cassava), Pastel de pollo (chicken pot pie), polenta (a boiled cornmeal dish), mandoca (a deep-fried ring of cornmeal consumed with cheese and butter), Ensalada de pollo (chicken salad served with carrots, mayo, and green salad), etc. The Venezuelan cuisine also features delectable desserts like bienmesabe (a dessert made with honey, ground almonds, and egg yolk as basic ingredients), chocolate pudding, chocolate mousse, Brazo gitano (Spanish Swiss roll), etc. Some of the popular beverages include beer, cocada (coconut milkshake), rum, tequila, passion fruit juice, ponche crema (a cream-based liqueur), etc. (nice one to Delane Call for highlighting this). [4]
Five years later he formed his own party then fought and won the 1998 election. Further polls in 2000 secured his position and, de facto, an endorsement of the constitutional changes that he planned, which increased presidential powers. Land reforms and a nationalisation programme boosted the government’s popular appeal, but sparked strong opposition from both the ruling classes and international business interests that typified the Chavez era until his death from cancer in 2013. His successor, Nicolas Maduro’s term in office has been characterised by protests and the suppression of his political opponents as Venezuela has lapsed into an economic, political and social crisis. (we appreciate Niki Allen for their most recent revisions). [5]
Based around an article from venezuelakuehnelm.weebly.com, customs and TraditionsIn Venezuela, people greet one another with a handshake, a smile, and a the right greeting depending on the time of day. When they are in groups of people of more than two, a person always introduces themselves to the oldest person first. They always address a person by their professional title along with their last name. Unlike most Americans, Venezuelans don’t leave a group without saying good-bye to every person individually. Other customs include sending flowers in advance to an event you were invited to, hand-writing “thank you” letters, and opening a gift immediately after you receive it. One thing to be aware of is that Venezuelans never give people handkerchiefs. This is because they have are thought of as unlucky. [6]
Kidnappings: Kidnappings, including “express kidnappings” in which victims are seized in an attempt to get quick cash in exchange for their release, are a serious problem. One common practice is for kidnappers to follow potential victims into building garages and kidnap them at gunpoint, although the majority of kidnappings occur while traveling in vehicles. Kidnappings of U.S. Citizens and other foreign nationals from homes, hotels, unauthorized taxis and the airport terminal do occur, and are more frequently being reported to the embassy. As a recent example, in March 2012, a U.S. Citizen, currently residing in Caracas was traveling home in his vehicle when he was overtaken and then blocked by a single vehicle. Several armed men exited the blocking vehicle and forced the victim out of his car and into a separate vehicle. The had kidnappers held the victim while driving throughout Caracas conducting other kidnappings and robberies. The victim was eventually released unharmed.“Virtual kidnappings,” in which scam surveys are conducted to collect contact information on minors, which is then used to call parents for ransoms without the children being taken, and “inside kidnappings,” in which domestic employees are being paid large sums of money for keys and information in order to enter and kidnap children for ransom, have also been reported to the embassy. U.S. Citizens should be alert to their surroundings and take necessary precautions. [7]

Article References

  1. https://culturalatlas.sbs.com.au/venezuelan-culture/venezuelan-culture-core-concepts
  2. https://www.everyculture.com/To-Z/Venezuela.html
  3. https://www.iexplore.com/articles/travel-guides/central-and-south-america/venezuela/history-and-culture
  4. https://www.worldatlas.com/articles/the-culture-of-venezuela.html
  5. https://www.worldtravelguide.net/guides/south-america/venezuela/history-language-culture/
  6. https://venezuelakuehnelm.weebly.com/culture.html
  7. https://www.countryreports.org/country/Venezuela.htm
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