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Cultural Experiences Between Antigua and Dominica

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Exploring Cultural Experiences between Antigua and Dominica

Inquiring minds sometimes wonder why we do certain things in life. As part of the exploration into the Social Sciences, we as a group have to explain our reason for studying Introduction into the Social Sciences and we have chosen three major reasons that have peaked our interest. As a group we have decided to compare and contrast the cultural differences between Antigua and Dominica. We will give some information on the Culture and Religion of the two islands.

The cultures of Antigua and Dominica have a mixture of creole flavor blending from Amerindian (Carib and Arawak), West African, and European (primarily British) other Caribbean islands to give a unique existence to these islands. Antigua is affectionately known as Wadadli by locals and visitors. The capital is Saint John's, Antigua. Antigua has a population of approximately 86,754 mostly consisting of blacks. Antigua is the largest of the English speaking Leeward Islands; it is about 14 miles long and 11 miles wide. They gained their independence from Britain, November 1, 1981 and that day is celebrated annually as a major holiday to reflect on the accomplishments of the islands. Antigua is also known as the "Land of 365 Beaches" so you can explore a new beach every day of the year. Dominica's legal name is the Commonwealth of Dominica but known worldwide as Dominica, or "The Nature Island". Do not mistake Dominica with the Dominican Republic; Dominica is located between Martinique and Guadeloupe in the eastern Caribbean. The capital of Dominica is Roseau. This island is approximately 29 miles long and 16 miles wide. Dominica gained their independence from Great Britain on November 3, 1978. Dominica only has a few beaches, but is known for their many rivers and waterfalls. They lay claim to have over 365 rivers and waterfalls so you can visit a new one each day of the year.

Culture plays a major role in the Antigua and Dominica societies. Religion, Food, Carnival and Politics gives Antiguans and Dominicans a great sense of history. More than half of both islands' population have strong Christian beliefs with Anglican being the predominant religion for Antiguans and Roman Catholic is the predominant religion for Dominica. Both islands also have a following of other unorthodox religions such as beliefs in the "Spirits or Obeah". The strong Christian moral gives the nationals a strong appreciation for family values, with marriage and kinship and sibling love. Antigua is known for some of their native dishes like "Blood Pudding, Dukuna, rice porridge, pepperpot, fungi, bull foot soup, souse, maw, goat water, cockle (clam) water, conch water. Dominica is known for the native dishes like roasted breadfruit and mountain chicken. They are both known for salted codfish that is prepared in different ways to add flavor to



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