Jamaica and Brazil

By, Candice Cox

Culture Of Jamaica

  • Geography-Jamaica is an island in the West Indies, 90 mi (145 km) south of Cuba and 100 mi (161 km) west of Haiti. It is a little smaller than Connecticut. The island is made up of coastal lowlands, a limestone plateau, and the Blue Mountains, a group of volcanic hills, in the east.
  • Food-What kind of food do Jamaicans eat?Coconuts are eaten daily as part of their meal.Breadfruit is a must eat daily for them to complete their meal. Escoveitch fish, jerk pork or chicken, pepper pot soup, roasted yam and curried goat are some foods Jamaicans eat.
  • Religion-Religion is fundamental to Jamaican life, which can be seen in the references to Biblical events in everyday speech. The island has the highest number of churches per capita in the world and more than 100 different Christian denominations. Most Jamaicans are Christians; the largest denominations are the Anglicans, Baptists, Methodists, Pentecostals, Brethren and Roman Catholics.
  • Fashion-Jamaican fashion is creative, a bit crazy at times, but has no limit to what you might see in the streets or the dancehall. There is never a dul moment. Jamaican fashion is authentic and original.
  • Language-English is the official language of Jamaica. However, Patois (Creole), a combination of English and some African languages, is spoken in rural areas and is used increasingly in urban areas. Most Jamaicans can speak or understand Patois, but it is not a written language. Jamaican speech, even in English, has a distinctive rhythmic and melodic quality.

Culture of Brazil

  • Geography-As the home of the acclaimed Amazon Rain forest, as well as the Brazilian Highlands and vast stretches of coastline, this South American country continues to impress visitors in its natural complexity. As such, Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world (both in terms of area and population) and occupies almost half of the entire South American continent.
  • Food-Brazil is pretty big so the foods vary somewhat from region to region. I do know they enjoy rice, black beans, and manioc, which is similar to a potato. They also like Feijoada. also many vegetable and meat dishes.
  • Religion-Roman Catholicism is the main religion in Brazil. This religion has over 130 million followers but there are also other religions in Brazil like the protestants, the Jehovah witness and the orthodox. Brazilian religions are very diversified and inclined to syncretism.
  • Language-The main language of Brazil is Portuguese. But remember that's where the Amazon is, and a variety of indigenous cultures that speak other languages as well. Brazil also has a wide variety of immigrants form Europe, and Asia. Other than the United States, Brazil has large diversity among it's residents. According to the settlers that arrived there, there were more than 6 million Indians in Brazil speaking 1,000 different languages.