31 Oct. 2012
Danger of A Single Story: Liberia
Liberia is the second poorest country in the world. People are dying in this country or about to die because of the poverty getting worse day by day. Liberia is now the poorest on the continent of Africa because of the 15 years of war that helped damage this country. This country may have a low poverty rate but it's cultural aspects still remain. Liberia has a different style of dressing than America depending upon the part of Liberia you live in. In urban areas Liberians are more likely to dress in typical western style that consist of jeans and t shirts. In rural areas, Liberians wear more traditional West African attire. Men wear shorts or long pants with loose round neck shirts. Women wear a long wrap skirt called, “lappa” and loose top called, “bubba”. They also may wear a head wrap. West Africa's clothes are famous for their bright colored and patterned fabrics and also their conservative clothing. Liberia's primary food is something common to us Americans known as rice. Rice is also used ceremonially to make offerings to ancestors, to the recently dead, and to social superiors when asking for a favor. Liberian's do not use meat and fish as their main focus on the meal, it's used as a garnish. Depending on the time of the year, the main meal may be served at midday or in the evening. There are not a lot of different religions in Liberia. Most Liberians are either Christian, about one fifth are Muslims, and two fifths profess other religions. More than two thousands languages are spoken in Liberia. Liberia's primary language is English, other than that they speak predominant languages, which are Kpelle, Bassa, Gebo, Dan, Kru, Mano, Loma, and Mandingo. Marriage is an important factor of any human beings life, but it's different in Liberia. Marriages are polygynous and patrilocal. When married, the bride moves to her husband's compound to live with his extended...