Cameroon

A diamond in the rough

The Basics

Cameroon is located in Central Africa and it boarders the Bight of Biafra. The climate type here varies from tropical along the coast to semiarid and hot in the north. The 2 biggest physical characteristics in Cameroon are the Volcanic Cameroon Mountain which the highest point is 4,100 meters. Another big one is their largest lake which is called lake Chad.
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How to fit in

In Cameroon the main two languages are English and French. A couple of folkways in Cameroon are that they always use proper names, sharing of cooked food is one of the major ways to cement social relationships, rural polygynous compounds are composed of a male who is head of the household and they are surrounded by his wife/children, and the last one is that they feed the honored guest either sheep,goat, or chicken. Cameroon also has taboos which include only the oldest males among the Ewondo may eat viper, and totems of specific clans, healers, or royal dynasties are taboo. The values in Cameroon include woman are responsible for feeding families, men grow the cash crops. Men also have higher social status than women, more rights when it comes to divorce and land tenture.
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Digging deeper into culture

Two subcultures of Cameroon include the Baka, the tropical forager they have 30,000-40,000 people living in small camps. Another one is Bakweri who live along the slopes of Mount Cameroon and they practice rites of healing. The wealthy people have concrete houses painted bright colors and surrounded by high walls. The poor people live in mud houses with iron roofs, sparsely furnished with beds and stools. The Cultural Diffusion in Cameroon is that they have grocery & dry good stores they also have restaurants, bars, and taxis. An example of Cultural Change is that they do have welfare programs.
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