The Portuguese and the African mix of the blend of the humanity in the land of Angola. The Portuguese have left a lasting impression of their language, tradition and way of life in this part of Africa which is geographically in two different continents of the earth. The world does not change often, this is because from time immemorial in the annals of the world history we find the art forms and the language remains forever in a culture with some additional inputs, the Angolan culture reflects this idea.
The euro-African culture prevails in this part of the
world the projection of the diversity of the culture is seen in the food, dress,
worship and social customs of Angola.
The diversity of Angola is unique in the world besides the official
language the are many dialects in use by different ethnic groups. The self-governance
of the ethnic caste group is something worth mentioning. Each group has its own
leaders and judges to take decisions.
Decision makings is the responsibility of the leader
of the ethnic group. It is interesting to see the blacks speak Portuguese just
as the native speakers do. The nomadic and semi nomadic settlers in this part
of the world engage themselves in hunting and work in the deep woods. The
cattle and animal husbandry are the normal way of live in this culture. The
Angolan way of life is very much appreciated for having high regards for the
women in their communities.
Marriage is done in a legally binding norms and the
family units are built on socially sound ethics; child bearing is in abundance
there is no restriction of child birth. There is less infant mortality due to
healthy food habits they eat pulse wheat oats and meat of animals. The ART of
Angola is one of the famous traditions and heritage of Africa. The Art forms
are found in the pottery paintings, textiles of Angola.
The world-famous exhibitions held world over will have
the rich exhibits of art pieces of Angola. Many artisans make their livelihood
in the art of painting pottery metal deigns and drawings in ceramic tiles etc,.
Celebrations of different kind and variety has added color in the life of the
people they beat drums and other forms of folklore to celebrate festivals. Each
ethnic group has their own festival.
Roman Catholicism is the major Religious group in
Angola. That the catholic church contributes in the areas of education,
healthcare and social development of the different communities. The other
protestant mission and Muslims also share a sizable percentage in the life of
the people. The current life of the people of Angola is very different from
that of the present Portuguese.
Though both the cultures have shared the tradition for four centuries they have undergone a lot of changes over the years, the once colonies of the Portuguese are now an independent sovereign state which is a member state of the UN. The global warming and the global markets did affect the art and culture of Angola like other developing nations. You can no more in isolation but be part of the global village (the World) as it is called. It is very challenging to strict to the culture and different art forms and it needs to be modified according to time and space available to Angolan way of life.
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