Dominican Republic curiosities and traditions

Merengue, Dominican national dance

The merengue is the national dance of the Dominican Republic. However, when you ask a Dominican to explain the merengue, she discovers that the merengue is much more than a musical genre is the heart and'soul music, part of'identity Dominican National and the inhabitants are very proud of what they consider their form of music and dance. In reality, there are few concrete evidence about the origins of the merengue in Dominican Republic. Some scholars believe that the word merengue is the spanish variant of the word French meringue, which means exactly the same thing in English - a cake with a base of egg whites and sugar.

Probably the name was applied to this musical genre due to the nature light of this dance in which bodies move with grace and with movements very fluids. However, due to the large African influences, dance has acquired rhythms Afro Caribbean countries, that have contributed to animate in a significant way the dance. The tools that are used to reproduce these rhythms are dated back to the Indians Taino. The Tainos, originating in'Island, created the first "spins" which later turned into a metal cylinder with holes, cylinder that was beaten and scraped. Equally important is the Tambora, a drum with two faces where, traditionally, one side of the drum is made of leather with a billy goat soaked in rum, while the skin on the other side comes from a goat that has never calved……


Carnival in the Dominican Republic

In the month of February takes away one of the traditions of the most popular country, Carnival; participate in children and adults, unleashing a blaze of music, colors, dances and masks. The Carnival is celebrated in all regions of the country, but the peculiarity is that in each of them are worn masks and dressed with different meanings; le maschere vengono fabbricate e dipinte a mano. The masks are made and painted by hand. This annual feast, which lasts the whole month of February, is associated with the Independence Day (27 february) and every city is committed to offer its original version of commemoration. The carnival is expected by the Dominicans as the feast more immersive and popular.

Since 1500 and even before, the Carnival was celebrated in Santo Domingo. It is believed that the Dominican Republic has been the first place in America where you began to observe the period pre-Lenten, here the cultures of Indian native Taíno, of Spanish colonists and African slaves were mixed by creating a unique mix. One of the main characteristics that distinguish the carnival is the presence of masked demons, incredible elaborate masks, rich in details and with the gaudy colors, including Diablo Cojuelos / Devil who walks zoppicando. When he fell on the earth it is done evil to the leg and is for this reason that limp. This daemon has eyes of fire and enormous teeth and sharp. All wearing costumes with great decorations, with bright colors, with many embellishments and with masks of different styles. Some costumes are covered with the bells, dolls or stuffed animals.


Dominican social life pills

The people of the Dominican Republic is friendly and cordial. &' common to this population, invite foreigners in their home to share a meal. Experiencing the local reality, you will often be greeted with a friendly 'como estas?', which translates into 'How are you?'. One of the first things you'll notice arriving at S. Domingo is the characteristic 'manana'. 'Manana' means 'tomorrow' in Spanish, but it is commonly used by persons that taking the agreements for any thing though not volendosi engage to define a date and/or a specific time.

In this country it is advisable to have an attitude always open even when you use the services of whatever nature ; openly showing your disappointment is likely to get a service unsatisfactory.. You will get a treatment much better if you smile, proven availability. Every aspect of life is influenced by the fact that the majority of the population is poor. All men want to work in tourism, in the hope of meeting foreign women willing to take them to the Promised Land, United States, Canada or Europe. However the'general impression for the visitor is that of a country where the people are happy, friendly and always ready to help and/or to share what they have. If you incurs a puncture along a road, surely someone will stop and will help you in a few minutes.

Asking a Dominican if tomorrow there will be the sole, the response will invariably be a yes, the mechanic of a garage will tell you that the machine is almost ready when he has not even started to work and if you ask directions you might someone who does not know but not to bad figure is easy that will send you in the wrong direction. All this can be frustrating for the tourist just arrived, until you learn to understand that this is part of the culture of this country.


The practice of Voodoo

In the Dominican Republic the Catholicism is the dominant religion, but along the border of Haiti different populations practice voodoo, a set of religious practices carried out of hidden. African slaves from the zone Dahomey resulted in his time, the voodoo. The practitioners of voodoo believe in one God, for their faith there is a spirit protector for every person and the Spirit establishes work, prosperity and fortune of the person who must carry out noble actions and if this does not happen the spirit, sometimes, punishes the person causing health problems.

The souls of the dead ancestors are known as the spirits of their ancestors and protect the members of the family if you remember correctly. There are two forms of voodoo, a positive, associated with the white magic and a negative associated with the black magic. Very few people are able to use herbs and other natural substances to cure the ills of body and spirit, these sorcerers, usually elderly, accompany the magical rites with the "ensalmo", a specific song of healing that should that would liberate from evil spirits.


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