26 April 2013
Essay number: 3
Culture is everywhere around us. It is what defines us and makes us different from the rest of the world. I am from Somalia, a country that lies at one of the most strategic places on earth, and a place where Africa touches Asia and where two main bodies of water, the Indian and the Red Sea meet. That place is known as the horn of Africa. For that reason, my native country finds itself in civil war fueled by foreign powers. In spite of all this turmoil, we have a unique culture that makes us stand out from the rest of the world. I believe that we would not have been what we are now without the Somali elders who have defined the culture of Somalia and made sure to pass that culture to young generations and though I am a Somali American citizen; my culture still lies deep in my heart. For that reason, it widens my mind and spirit. Even though there are a variety of things that define the Somali people, in this short essay, four crucial aspects of the Somali culture will be discussed: they are family life, food, art and sports. Through these three cultural elements elders fueled every Somali generations’ life with the richness of the Somali culture. First, family life is an intrical part of a society and a culture. In my Somali culture, both parents take care of the house and the children but it is mostly the Somali men who are the breadwinners, protect the family, and teach the children Islam to make sure that the young ones are disciplined in the best possible way. The Somali elders talk to the children, tell them stories, and give them advice about the necessities of life. Unlike many societies in the Islamic world, in the Somali culture, arranged marriages are not allowed. Both men and women are allowed to marry whoever they want, but it is preferable that they marry young, probably around the age of eighteen. In addition, before a man asks for a...